In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier examines a study that claims that blueberries or strawberries may delay cognitive aging in women.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.
If you’re reaching for an apple or orange for breakfast, you may want to reach for blueberries or strawberries instead. Turns out, they’re berry good for you.
Harvard Medical School researchers analyzed cognitive function in 16,000 females over six years and found that women with the highest intake of berries appeared to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years. Berries and other fruits and vegetables are rich in substances known as flavonoids, which help protect the body's cells from damage and reduce inflammation, and berries contain a particular flavonoid that beef’s up one’s thinking, remembering and reasoning.
Fruits and vegetables with flavonoids have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancers, and delaying cognitive aging is yet another benefit to add to the list. So the next time you’re in the mood for a sweet and healthy snack, remember to reach for berries.
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