Every year, scientists gather for the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) to report leading edge research on food/nutritive components and their subsequent biochemical or physiologic impact on regeneration within the body. They reported the first evidence that eating blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may help the aging brain stay healthy in a crucial but previously unrecognized way.
Shibu Poulose, Ph.D., who presented the report, said previous research suggested that one factor involved in aging is a steady decline in the body’s ability to protect itself against inflammation and oxidative damage. This leaves people vulnerable to degenerative brain diseases and other age-related diseases. The study used laboratory rats fed diets containing these richly colored pigmented foods for two months. Results showed a reversal of age-related deficits in nerve function and behavior that involves learning and remembering.
The study concluded that berries, walnuts and a variety of deeply colored fruits and vegetables can activate the brain’s natural “housekeeper” mechanism, which cleans up and recycles toxic proteins linked to memory loss, and other mental decline. As the brain’s ability to naturally “house-clean” declines, so does overall brain function and memory recall. Key polyphenolic compounds in these foods showed a rescuing effect and reset the “normal housecleaning” functions. This dynamic response is likely be a key scientific breakthrough in human “regeneration” research.
If we apply the Think Different approach, this study has application for us in brain performance and resilience. The study saw improvement in the housecleaning mechanism and the result translated in improved brain function and memory in just 60 days.
So, if you want a sustainable high performing brain for a long time to come, you may want to include berries, walnuts, and a variety of deeply colored fruits and vegetables to your daily food list.
Enjoy, and let us know what you think.
by Patti Milligan
Director of Nutrition