Fruits and Vegetables Boost Our Brain Health

According to a newly published study in the Journal Neurology eating colorful fruits and vegetables may be good for your brain.

The study authors found that “flavonoids, the chemicals that give plant foods their bright colors, may help curb the frustrating forgetfulness and mild confusion that older people often complain about with advancing age, and that sometimes can precede a diagnosis of dementia”.

In the study the researchers looked at the total flavonoid consumption together with other three dozens specific flavonoid-containing foods, brussels sprouts, strawberries, winter squash, raw spinach, onions, apple juice and grapes.

According to Hannah Gardener, a researcher with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, “Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and nutrients, including antioxidants, that can help protect the brain from oxidative stress and preserve healthy vascular function that is important for cognitive health”.

“If we can make a world in which everyone has access to fresh fruits and vegetables, that should help improve many health issues, and lengthen life span.”

Dr. Deborah Blacker, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and senior author of the study (source: The New York Times)

“Fruit and vegetable consumption may be a piece of the puzzle to maintaining cognitive health and should be viewed in conjunction with other behaviors believed to support cognitive health, such as overall adherence to a Mediterranean diet, physical activity, healthy sleep, medication adherence, nonsmoking, mental stimulation and education,” Gardener told to Reuters.

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