CogniFit's Science blog: Berries To The Rescue For Memory Loss

Berries To The Rescue For Memory Loss

We all see it, experience it and fall victim to it: memory loss. Sadly, some face symptoms far more extreme than others. It is the cognitive decline, the unnatural loss of memory, that is becoming more troublesome amongst society with it nearing epidemic proportions. But adding a berry or two to your diet could have outstanding affects.

It has long been known that a poor diet coupled with drugs and alcohol can quickly take toll on the body and mind. Sugar, hydrogenated fats, pollution and a lack of physical activity can be just as detrimental as the chemical and electrical connections become eroded.

It has also been suggested for years that fruits like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries can help support an aging brain in conjunction with brain training. New research that was shared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry now shows that a variety of berry fruits can also potentially help prevent age-related memory loss.

All it takes is one to two servings each day of the delicious fruits to fight off the stealing of your memory. It is being noted that these fruits can help restore optimal memory function while preventing cognitive decline at the same time.

But how does it do so? The simple answer is that berries boost brain health by providing potent antioxidant support. Through a number of studies and analysis on cellular, animal and human bodies, it was found that eating a wide variety of different colored berries will boost brain health by helping multiple metabolic systems in the body.

Fruits have high levels of antioxidants that help protect the brain structure from damaging oxidative effects of free radicals. Because the brain generates a vast amount of free radicals, berries work to provide the crucial amount of antioxidants that are needed to maintain a healthy cellular function thus fighting off memory loss.

In addition to this, the researchers found that berry fruits can alter the way neurons communicate through chemical transmitters and electrical signals. The deliciously flavored fruits affect changes in brain signaling that leads to neuronal damage. What this does is improve motor control and levels of cognition, memory and thought in your brain.

Research will continue to be conducted in the days and months to come, but for now researchers are confident with their conclusion that berries can also help age-related memory loss. With each berry packed full of potent phytonutrients, getting your fix of berry servings each day now has a whole new meaning.