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24 August 2010

Berries helps with healthy ageing

Scientists reported the first evidence that eating blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may help the ageing brain stay healthy in a crucial but previously unrecognised way.

Scientists reported the first evidence that eating blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may help the ageing brain stay healthy in a crucial but previously unrecognised way. The study, presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), concluded that berries, and possibly walnuts, activate the brain's natural "housekeeper" mechanism, which cleans up and recycles toxic proteins linked to age-related memory loss and other mental decline.

"The good news is that natural compounds called polyphenolics found in fruits, vegetables and nuts have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that may protect against age-associated decline," said Poulose.

 
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