Summer's coming and fresh berries (and berry-related products) along with it. Turns out eating those berries can actually delay memory loss, so don't feel bad for your third helping of blueberry cobbler.
Researchers at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital discovered that eating a lot of flavonoid-rich berries, which include blueberries and strawberries, can delay memory decline in older women by two and a half years.
"Among women who consumed two or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week we saw a modest reduction in memory decline. This effect appears to be attainable with relatively simple dietary modifications," said lead author of the study Elizabeth Devore.
The study followed 16,010 subjects who were more than 70 years old. They checked in on these women every two years.
Though I'm not sure what the present berry-study record is, Devore said, "No other berry study has been conducted on such a large scale."
The implications are fairly simple and fairly obvious but also fairly easy to attain: an extremely simple dietary change (the women had two servings a week) can help slow memory loss.
Now, let's just hope this get this strawberry picking robot working.