I cannot say enough about berries. Not only are they delicious, but also new research is showing that they may boost your brain power (aarp.com).
As we age, damaged cells build up in the brain. This accumulation of cells can lead to mental decline and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Berries work against these cells. They contain polyphenols, which activate proteins that “clean up” the damaged cells. The proteins break down and recycle the toxic chemicals that contribute to mental decline.
Not only are berries integral in protecting our brains, but they contain many other health benefits as well. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, strawberries contain Vitamin C, and acai berries have high levels of omega-6 and -9 fatty acids – all very important to maintaining superior health.
I have included a simple, yummy recipe that I found on aarp.com so that you can start increasing your berry intake:
Blueberry Dessert Sauce ( Serves 8 )
1. In a medium-size saucepan, heat the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and 1-tablespoon water over medium heat until the berries soften (about 5 minutes).
2. Remove from the heat and chill.
Serve over yogurt or ice cream and enjoy!
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice