Are you eating your brain berries every day?Ai?? Many of you may not have a clue as to what this means, but now you will. Ai?? We are talking about blueberries, which many do know are low on the glycemic level and are powerful anti-oxidants.Ai?? Whatai??i??s more, however, is that they are even known to slow and even REVERSE age-related brain decline, as well as improve short-term memory loss and help reverse age-related loss of balance (Journal of Neuroscience, September 15, 1999).Ai?? The secret ingredients are the antioxidant phytonutrients such as anthocyanins, which support healthy brain function.Ai?? “What blueberries do is what simply can be called strengthening the brain by taking advantages of the brain’s tremendous redundancy,ai??? says nutrition researcher James Joseph.Ai?? ai???Blueberries have compounds that boost neuron signals and help turn back on systems in the brain that can lead to using other proteins to help with memory or other cognitive skills.” As far as how much, 1 to 2 cups a day is the recommendation. Ai?? Yet, if you are a stickler on eating highly alkaline foods, which few people are, blueberries are more acidic than most fruit.Ai?? At the same time, they are not nearly as acidic as animal proteins, or even grains.

Another interesting tidbit has to do with Red Delicious Apples.Ai?? Research in 2005 and 2006 at Cornell University and Agri-Food Canada in Ontario showed that a group of chemicals called phenolics helps protect the brain from the type of damage that triggers such degenerative brain diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Ai??Ai?? Red Delicious are particularly high in this chemical, which also has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate, colon and lung cancer.

The two apples claimed to have consistently been lacking in a plant substance called phloridzin are (ripe, not green) Red and Golden Delicious.Ai?? Phloridzin (or phlorizin) is also a ai???phenolicai??? substance belonging to the list of food allergens or antigens.Ai?? It has been researched for decades by food allergists that have even made links to it and cancer and diabetes. Unripe fruits of many kinds contain phloridzin, so it is wise to eat ripened fruit but not too ripe .Ai?? It is recommended that brown spots on apples and all fruit should be removed, too.Ai?? Red Delicious are considered by many consumers as being outdated, considering all the new hybrid apples.Ai?? But what science appears to be teaching us is that the older variety is more resistant to certain antigens.

So, eating your blueberries and an apple a day (if chosen wisely) may, after all, keep the doctor away.

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