Health & Body-Boosting

Strawberries on the Brain: Berries and Brain Function

Fri Jul 16

We’ve talked about the MIND ( Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet in the past. As you’ll remember (or can at least glean from the name) this diet was designed for the purpose of improving brain function. 

With summer in full swing, we’d like to come back to the MIND diet, or at least one food that is very much encouraged by it: strawberries. 

There’s nothing quite like ripe strawberries on a hot summer day, but this ruby-red fruit is good for more than just your taste buds. Berries have been correlated with improved brain functions. Studies have suggested that flavonoids help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

New research published by Cambridge University Press on strawberries seems to be in keeping with that trend.

In this study, which was randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled, people between the ages of 65-70 were given what equaled two cups of fresh strawberries for 90 days. Balance, gait, cognitive tests were administered halfway through that period and then again at the end. 

So what did they find?

The researchers found that when compared to the placebo group, the strawberry eaters did better on both memory and recognition tests.

Now bear in mind, this study has a small sample size (just 37 people) but it certainly piqued our interest. It definitely sounds like a good reason to sprinkle some on your morning oatmeal (or toss in a smoothie or salad. There are a lot of options). If you’d like to stock up, check out this handy berry picking guide

Or, check out these fun recipes:

  • Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca- recipe
  • Well-Pict Berries & Veggies Spring Rolls- recipe
  • Triple-Layer Berry Wine Slushies- recipe
  • Strawberry Lemonade- recipe