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A berry good news is out: Berry fruits are our brains’ new best friend.

The aging brain

Children often laugh about how their grannies forget their names or mistake one grandchild for the other. And we’ve seen heartbreaking movies revolving around characters with Alzheimer’s disease (dementia or simply put, memory loss).
A prevailing scientific theory links aging to free radicals. A new review made by the American Chemical Society presents strong evidence that blueberries, strawberries and other berry fruits can boost brain function, keep our memories sharp and prevent age-related memory loss.

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are byproducts of energy (oxidation) processes inside the body that cause DNA cellular damage. These damaged cells accumulate in the brain and may lead to dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Adding reasonable serving of these luscious berries positively prevents inflammations that result in brain cell damage, thus improving mental control and function.

Berry healthy body

It’s not only about memory. Berries have long been associated to health.
Blueberries remain to be at the top of the ladder, lording over vegetables and other fruits, as the richest source of antioxidants. Studies also show that blueberries have the potential for lowering cholesterol, particularly for those who do not respond well to typical drug regimen.
Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and pumped up with phytochemicals and antioxidants which may help prevent cancer.
Cranberries are packed with proanthocyanidins known to prevent urinary tract infections and phytonutrients that helps protect our bodies against heart disease and cancer.
Raspberries contain ellagic acid known to cause ‘death’ in certain cancer cells. They’re a great source of Vitamin C and are reported to lower cholesterol.
Bilberries are known to improve the health of diabetics. They also improve eyesight and night vision.
So, go ahead and head on to the nearest fruit market!
Keep in mind a note from us here at Dr. Michael’s: to keep your teeth and body healthy, maintain a balanced diet centered on moderation and variety. Fruits, like most food, contain sugar. Sugary foods can cause tooth decay, but with proper oral habits, we can enjoy these berrylicious fruits everyday.

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