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Antioxidants: The Benefits of Certain Foods

As we age our brain suffers damage that causes our mental functions to slow down, lose memory, and our ability to focus weakens. Antioxidants can help reverse this damage. But what is the right combination of nutrients that help prevent memory loss?

An easy answer is that blueberries are a great food choice to help because they are loaded with antioxidants. Add fresh blueberries to your yogurt at breakfast time.

In 1999, Dr. Joseph published a landmark study on the subject in the Journal of Neuroscience. His study revealed that blueberries reversed mental aging. Dr. Joseph took four groups of rats and fed them a normal diet. Three of the groups were given strawberry, spinach, or blueberry extracts. Over the course of 18 weeks, he tested the rats for coordination and mental functioning.

The blueberry group performed best on the coordination tests. This group also showed improved neuron functioning. His research led him to nickname blueberries “brainberries.” He has since released several other studies on the subject.

Blueberries also function as anti-inflammatory agents to protect brain integrity.

Blueberries are also rich in phytochemicals. It’s clear that blueberries are good for you. But they can be even better. The trick is to eat them foods rich in fats. At the top of the list are walnuts and avocado. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. That makes blueberries and walnuts a powerful combination. These foods promote youthful flexibility in brain cell membranes.

“Polyphenols in berries and fatty acids in walnuts fluidize the cell membrane,” says Dr. Joseph. “They make it responsive to a wide array of signals.” This increases the efficiency of those transactions.

Walnuts also block disease-causing inflammation in our cells. Recent research links inflammation to Alzheimer’s disease, so reducing inflammation is important to promote better mental function. It might even reverse Alzheimer’s disease.

The Brain Antioxidant I Recommend

 I recommend two products by Metagenics 1)  EPA-DHA 72o – an omega 3 fish oil 2) Celepro – contains green tea extract.

Otherwise, try a handful of blackberries and mix them with almonds. Wash them down with green tea. All three are packed with antioxidants. Switch it up and go for strawberries and pecans. These are both rich in antioxidants. The best thing is antioxidants don’t just boost brain power. They promote overall good health.

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