Field Notes Blog
- 1. Stronger Memory
According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, berries may help prevent age-related memory loss by changing the way neurons in the brain communicate, preventing inflammation that contributes to loss of memory. Another study found that older adults who drank blueberry juice regularly had significant improvement on learning and memory tests.
- 2. A Happy Belly
Raspberries and blueberries can stop the growth of intestinal bacteria. They contain a complex polymer called ellagic tannin, that has antimicrobial properties and inhibit the growth of “bad” bacteria and pathogens in the digestive system while not being sensitive to probiotic, or “good bacteria.” Blueberries can protect against intestinal inflammation, such as ulcerative colitis. Researchers found that the protective effect is even better when blueberries are consumed along with probiotics. And strawberries can reduce the harm that alcohol can cause to the stomach, perhaps even playing a role in the future treatment of stomach ulcers.
- 3. Cancer Fighter
Compounds in black raspberries (blackberries) can slow the growth rate of pre-malignant cancerous cells. In 2006, four researchers fed rats a cancer-causing chemical three times a week for five weeks. Five months later, rats that ate a diet enriched with black raspberries showed reductions in oral, esophageal, and colon cancers of about 50% compared to those that did not eat the berries.
- 4. Keen Eyesight
Goji berries have long been used in the East (China, India and Tibet) to help with eyesight issues. Black currants are another berry that have been known to regulate a healthy eye pressure. Blood pressure of the eye (known as ocular hypertension) is a risk factor for developing glaucoma later in life.
- 5. Fewer Heart Attacks
Women who ate at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week had significantly fewer heart attacks. They both contain high levels of flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter the buildup of plaque, and provide other cardiovascular benefits.
- 6. Fat Reduction
Woot! A researcher from Texas Woman’s University wanted to know whether blueberries could play a role in reducing obesity. So she gave some mice three doses of blueberries and then checked their lipid (fat) content. The group who had the highest dose of blueberries showed a whopping 73% decrease, though even the lowest dose group showed a 27% decrease. Another study from the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study put blueberry powder into the diets of rats for 90 days. Those that received the blueberry powder had significantly less abdominal fat, along with lower triglycerides, lower cholesterol, improved fasting glucose, and improved insulin sensitivity. Clearly more definitive research needs to be done on humans, but the results sure do look promising.
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