The Annals of Neurology reported a study this week that demonstrated that eating strawberries and blueberries delayed women's cognitive decline by 2.5 years.
Researchers included data from 16,010 women with an average age of 74. Through a questionnaire, they asked about the dietary habits and intake beginning in 1980 and every four years thereafter. The participants were then given six different cognitive tests that examined memory, word recall, and other cognitive skills. These scores were averaged out to one score which was then used to compare cognitive functioning over time.
The result? Women whose diet consisted of more than one serving of blueberries a week or more than two servings of strawberries showed a slower rate of cognitive decline as they aged compared to those who ate less than one serving/week.
Scientists continue to look for ways to delay and treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease. One factor that seems to frequently be identified through research is how we treat our bodies (with our food choices and exercise) and our minds (with staying mentally active.)
So, on that note, guess what's for dinner? Strawberries!