One of the biggest fears many people have about growing older is a loss of mental faculties. Fortunately, scientists are finding ways you can fight cognitive decline.
Recent research has found that blueberries and strawberries help prevent age-related memory loss. Women who reported eating berries showed fewer signs of mental decay as they got older.
“As the U.S. population ages, understanding the health issues facing this group becomes increasingly important,” said Dr. Elizabeth Devore with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. According to census data, the number of people over 65 increased nearly twice as fast as the population as a whole between 2000 and 2010.
These berries have high levels of compounds called flavonoids. Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties that scientists believe may help protect the aging brain from the damage that causes cognitive impairment.
A study a year ago found that berry consumption might also protect against Parkinson’s disease.
In addition to diet, there are other ways to prevent or reverse cognitive decline. Mental exercise is as helpful for the brain as physical exercise is for the body. For that matter, physical exercise can also benefit mental acuity as well as overall health. Diet and exercise will keep you thinking for a long time to come.