Published on April 26th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Food For Thought? Eating Berry’s Could Slow Dementia Decline [Study]
Eating a healthy dose of berries on a daily basis could help slow the effects of dementia according to a recent study.
Researchers have discovered that eating strawberries and blueberries helps slow the brain’s aging by 2.5 years. The study involved examining nearly 16,000 women over the age of 70, tracking each participants cognitive function every two years from 1995 through 2001.
According to the groups findings women who ate berries witnessed delayed mental decline.
Scientists believe the delay occurs because of antioxidant compounds known as flavonoids. That substance can fend off brain-cell-harming free radicals.
Researchers are happy with their findings but as one expert warns:
“Broccoli, blueberries, Mediterranean diet, Sudoku … it is very difficult indeed to be sure that this is not residual confounding. These kinds of dietary patterns are associated with many other positive attributes, which themselves are associated with healthier aging.”
A healthy diet has been suggested for heart disease, diabetes and hundreds of other medical problems, so why not with dementia as well.