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Berries boost brain power

New research findings suggest adding blueberries and strawberries to the diet may help slow the decline in learning and motor skills that often occurs with aging.

As 77 million baby boomers face retirement, many are reaching for foods high in antioxidants, hoping to slow the diminished function that often occurs with aging. New findings reported by Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists suggest they may be on the right track.

Laboratory animals that were fed berry extracts—and then treated to accelerate the aging process—were protected from damage to brain function, the researchers report. ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific research agency.

The new findings add to a lineup of research studies published during the past eight years showing reduced, or in some cases reversed, declines in brain function among rats whose diets were supplemented with either blueberry, cranberry or strawberry extracts or Concord grape juice. (SOURCE: Agricultural Research Service)

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