Berries Healthier Frozen
What You Should Know About Berries
1. Ultimate brain protection
Berries are loaded with antioxidant-rich plant compounds called flavonoids that provide potent health protection.A
They protect your brain by:
- Shielding the cells in your brain from damage caused by harmful free radicals. The brain, because of its high rate of metabolism, is a potential war zone for free radical damage.
- Reducing inflammation in the brain. Inflammation promotes and accelerates brain damage and brain aging.
- Enhancing brain cell survival – your brain cells live longer.
- Increasing neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to lay down totally new pathways that are important for learning and memory.
- Enhancing neurotransmission – the ability of brain cells to communicate or talk to each other. With good transmission, important messages are more likely to get through.
2. Keep your brain clean
Research from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston reports that berries also take care of your brain by activating a natural housekeeping mechanism.
When activated, toxic proteins linked to age-related memory loss and mental decline, including Alzheimer’s disease, are cleaned up and recycled. Eating berries is like hiring a housekeeper for your brain. How great is that!
3. Brain benefits in general, really!
So, what do you get when you eat more berries? Eating more berries helps your brain age better, think better, learn better and remember more.
More berries also means you maintain better control of your muscles and limbs (as we get older a decline in brain function impacts our motor function or ability to move our body – this is why older people are more likely to trip or fall down).
Bottom line: berries are good for your brain and therefore very good for you!
4. Fresh is awesome, frozen may be better
One of the most little known facts about berries: while nothing beats the taste of fresh berries, frozen berries are a great alternative. In fact, frozen berries may even be better for you.
Research from South Dakota State University, has found that ice crystals formed during freezing disrupt the structure of the berry’s plant tissue, making the antioxidants that are present more available to the body.
This is great news, especially when fresh berries are too pricey or out of season.
5. Which berry is best?
While wild blueberries often get top spot for their antioxidant content, all berries are antioxidant superstars, and eating a wide variety is probably ideal.
Organic berries, if you can afford them, are also a good choice as they’re higher in antioxidants than regular berries.
6. A cup daily for brain health
I recommend consuming at least one serving of berries every single day. Top your cereal with them, mix them into yogurt, or whip them into smoothies or shakes.