Momma always said, “Eat Your Berries!”

Want to keep your brain young? Eat berries. A Harvard study found that berry eaters, especially strawberries and blueberries, (16,000 women were in the study) had brains that functioned like they were 2.5 years younger than the non-berry eaters.

Does anyone know where I left my umbrella?) In other words, eating lots of berries can ward off dementia and keep your mind functioning more optimally.

I am sure you’re wondering, why berries? What do they have in them that make this so? It all comes down to flavanoids, a type of antioxidant that fends off the free radicals harmful to your brain cells. But, as usual, researchers caution that these positive results could be associated with broader healthy habits. They actually top the charts in the in antioxidant power, protecting your body against inflammation and free radicals, molecules that can damage cells and organs.

They are also loaded with fiber, which helps keep you feeling full, so you of course, eat less. And they can also help keep you regular!

To get the optimal health benefits of berries, eat two to three types of fresh, frozen or dehydrated berries each day. Incorporate berries into your smoothies, cereals and other foods. I will give you a list of berries and the vitamins and minerals they are rich in.

Strawberries: contain more vitamin C in a one-cup serving than one orange, and are particularly high in folic acid.

Blueberries: contain 20 types of anthocyanin, antioxidants that give berries their blue-violet and red colors. Other berries contain only three to four.

Blackberries, Raspberries, Boysenberries each contains 8 g of fiber in one cup, one-third the daily recommended amount (25 g).

Cranberries not only combat urinary tract infections by preventing Escherichia coli bacteria from sticking to cells in the urinary tract, but they also are a natural probiotic, supporting healthy bacteria that grow in the gastrointestinal tract and aiding in digestion.

With all of these healthy, brainy benefits, why wouldn’t you eat 2 or 4 or 10 servings a day? They are yummy and the keep your mind beautiful. Enjoy!

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