I’ve got something to tell you, but I want you to promise to not blame the messenger when I do.
You have a dirty mind.
No, I don’t mean that kind of a dirty mind. I’m talking about a dirty, toxin-filled brain. Because, believe it or not, most of us have toxic intruders stacking up in the corners of our brain like dirty dishes left in the sink.
And unlike that laundry you’ve been putting off for a week, these toxins could be doing some real-world damage. Because brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have been linked to toxin buildups in the brain.
But with spring almost here, and summer right around the corner, I’ve got the perfect “prescription” for blowing through those toxins that can build up in your brain causing some serious and lasting damage.
And you can fill it in the grocery store produce aisle instead of the pharmacy. Because, it turns out berries are brain food.
Allow me to explain.
Berries can help keep you healthy
There’s no denying berries are delicious. But few of us think of them as superfoods, and that’s a real shame.
You see berries are truly unsung health heroes. Study after study has proven they should be a part of our regular diet.
They’ve already been shown to help…
- reduce vision loss
- fight aging
- slash heart attack risk
- manage blood pressure
- reduce diabetes risk
- and ward of cancer
And research has revealed that berries are particularly good at supporting our brain health. And here’s the likely reason why…
Berries are natural inflammation fighters. They’re brimming with potent antioxidants and phytonutrients that naturally help fight off disease. And most telling of all, the antioxidants found in juicy, delicious berries can reportedly make their way across the blood-brain barrier, meaning they can target brain-damaging toxins right at the source.
If you’re wondering which berries provide the most antioxidants, the folks over at NutritionFacts.org put together this quick, helpful video to answer that question.
But wait, I’m not done with the brain benefits of berries yet. According to research conducted in the UK blueberries may be able to help you fight off age-related cognitive decline.
And in another study, a group of lucky mice treated to blueberry-filled chow had their scores on memory tests shoot through the roof. According to researchers it was as if they had turned back the hands of time, with the older rodents rocketing through mazes from memory at the same pace as the youngsters.
In other words, berries have a great track record when it comes to brain health. But researchers at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging say that’s not all they could do for your brain.
Beat back brain-damaging toxins
A pack of lucky rats was put on a delicious berry-filled diet for two months. But then their luck took a turn for the worse when they had their brains zapped with radiation to cause artificial aging.
After evaluating their brains half of the group was put back on the berry diet for another month. When the scientists took a look at their brains they were in for a big surprise.
The rodents that had continued to eat the berries had received significant protection against the aging radiation. Simply eating berries had literally reduced the amount of toxic gunk buildup in their brains!
More research needs to be conducting to pinpoint exactly how berries are managing to beat back toxins and the brain-damage that can accompany them. But honestly the how isn’t nearly as important here as the brain-protecting results.
Besides, we already know that berries can help protect our health in so many other ways, that it’s clear we should be making them a part of our regular routine.
Try eating some for breakfast, take a handful along with you to have with your lunch , toss them on top of a salad for dinner or try one of my favorites snack-on-the-go ideas, fresh frozen berries straight out of your freezer anytime. You can buy extra berries when they’re on sale and freeze them.
Any berries will do, and mixing them up makes it more fun. But if you have to make a choice blackberries will give you a bit more antioxidant bang for your buck.
With berry season almost upon us—and berries already starting to show up on supermarket shelves—there’s simply no excuse for not putting these delicious fruits to work for you. Just be sure to spring for the organic varieties since berries are especially prone to pesticide contamination.
Dr. Allan Spreen
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