Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and other berry fruits have certain antioxidant properties that prevent cell damage and contribute to overall good health.
Now, a new review suggests that berries can also help ward off the mental decline that comes with aging. After analyzing data from earlier studies, researchers concluded that the phytochemicals in berries offer antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory protection to the brain.
Inflammation in the brain can impair motor skills and cognition. Experts have yet to determine whether each type of berry provides all the compounds needed to maintain brain health or whether each berry offers its own unique benefits.
Source: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, online 3/7/12; Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50