A recent study published in the Annals of Neurology has connected the consumption of berries rich in flavonoids with a reduction in cognitive decline. Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements, berries can help fight the inflammation and stress that scientists have linked to early weakening of cognitive functions.
Gathering information from over 120,000 women aged 30-55, the study began in 1980, and participants’ dietary habits were monitored every four years until 2001. Between 1995 and 2001, the women’s cognitive function was monitored twice a year.
Researchers found that the women who ate more flavonoid-rich berries like blueberries and strawberries had slower cognitive decline by almost 2.5 years. Those who consumed flavonoid-rich foods had less cognitive decline overall also.
Those performing the study say that while they took many factors into account, some connections may be linked to the participants’ results. One example included the idea that those who eat more berries may be more likely to exercise regularly.
Parc Communities knows that many factors contribute to a healthy body and mind. From playing video games to stay fit to eating right, our communities offer our residents options to stay healthy and live happier lives.
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