Fruits and Vegetables Can Slow Mental Decline




      Consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables may help reduce the mental decline that accompanies age, researchers say.
      Scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston studied the benefits of eating fresh produce on rats.
      Rats fed strawberries and spinach had better memories and slower declines in nerve cells functions needed in movement than rats fed standard diets, researchers say.

Strawberries and spinach are rich in antioxidants, molecules that protect cells from damage. This kind of damage, called oxidative stress, is caused by molecules called free radicals and is believed to be linked to many age-related diseases.
      "The brain may be particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of free radicals because it is relatively deficient in antioxidants to begin with," Dr. James Joseph said in a prepared statement. Researchers plan to test whether other antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries offer protective benefits against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease.

    This study appears in the October issue of Journal of Neuroscience.


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