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Two Berries Delay Brain Aging Two-and-a-Half Years

 Two Berries Delay Brain Aging Two-and-a-Half Years

A Harvard study published in the Annals of Neurology indicates that eating a diet high in blueberries and strawberries can slow brain aging and  cognitive decline by up to two and a half years.

Dr. Elizabeth Devore and her team of researchers at Harvard Medical School  analyzed data from the lengthy Nurses’ Health Study in 1976.   Questionnaires were completed every four years since 1980 to assess the  frequency of berry intake and the intake of 31 different phytonutrients called  flavonoids.  In 16,010 participants over the age of 70 between 1995 and  2001, cognitive function was tested every two years.

The researchers found that those participants who consumed a high amount of  blueberries or strawberries had slower decline in cognitive function test scores  during the follow-up period than those whose intake of these fruits was  lower.  The results were an average delay in cognitive decline due to aging  of up to 2-and-a-half years.

Both blueberries and strawberries are excellent sources of  flavonoids, which reduce inflammation.  This is possibly the  mechanism that is causing the positive brain health effects.  The same  study also found that a high intake of anthocyanidins and total flavonoids were  also linked to the beneficial cognitive effects.

Anthocyanidins are a type of flavonoids responsible for the red, blue, or  purple colors in berries and other foods.  While the effect of consumption  of other anthocyanidin and flavonoid-rich foods was not assessed as part of this  study, it is likely that they will have similar brain protective effects.   Other sources of anthocyanidins and flavonoids include:  blueberries,  cherries, cranberries, grapes, raspberries, and strawberries and to a lesser  extent in almonds, apples, cocoa, and peanuts.

Other research shows that they decrease free radical activity in and between  brain cells. They also inhibit the production of histamine, making them a  natural anti-histamine without the drowsy side effects of many pharmaceuticals.  Numerous studies show that anthocyanidins have anticancer and antitumor  activity, and one study concluded that anthocyanidins may demonstrate  chemotherapeutic activity against breast cancer.

When it comes to heart disease, anthocyanidins help reduce high blood  pressure and improve the body’s ability to metabolize fat. In tests on  rabbits, anthocyanidins demonstrated significant reduction in the  development of atherosclerosis. They also appeared to protect  against heart attacks linked to certain asthma drugs.  They even  have stronger antioxidant properties than either vitamins C or  E.

Adapted from The Phytozyme Cure.

By Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and 12-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine,  whose works include: Healing  Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body  Detox, The Life Force Diet, The  Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme  Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and subscribe to her free  e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com  to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook  and Facebook.

4 Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

4 Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

Today’s lifestyle replete with the demands of home, work, family, finances,  and more can fatigue your body’s primary stress-handling glands, the adrenal  glands. These triangular-shaped glands sit on top of the kidneys and are located  in the solar plexus region of your abdomen. They secrete hormones that help us  cope with stress, but when the stresses become chronic the adrenals can become  depleted, causing adrenal fatigue.

Of course, stress management is necessary, but there are also some excellent  herbs and nutrients that can give your adrenal glands a boost. Always consult a physician  if you suspect adrenal fatigue and before beginning any supplements.

Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients to the  adrenal glands. It is needed to manufacture the hormones secreted by these  glands in response to stress. The more stress you experience, the higher your  vitamin C needs may be. A typical dose to assist with adrenal fatigue is 2000 mg  or higher; however, a qualified health professional should be consulted when  using higher doses.

Pantothenic acid is one of the B-complex vitamins that is  essential for adrenal gland health. It is naturally present in high doses in the  adrenal glands but can become depleted as hormones are manufactured in response  to stress. A typical dose for adrenal fatigue is 1500 mg but should always  accompany a B-complex vitamin since they work synergistically.

Commonly used by natural medicine practitioners to treat adrenal gland  fatigue, Siberian ginseng, or Eleutherococcus  senticosus as it is also known, works primarily on the pituitary gland in  the brain.  This gland stimulates the adrenal glands to produce more  adrenal hormones.  In adrenal fatigue, communication between the pituitary  gland and the adrenals may be impaired.  A typical dose of Siberian ginseng  for the treatment of adrenal fatigue is 100 to 200 mg daily.

Rhodiola integrifolia—Found in Yukon, Alaska, Siberia, and  northern China, rhodiola, or roseroot as its also known, is a beautiful  flowering plant that is one of the most overlooked adrenal herbs available. Like  Siberian ginseng is one of the few plants that is considered an adaptogen, which  means that it helps the body adapt to stress by increasing resistance to  fatigue.  It boosts the adrenals, builds energy, and improves mood.   Boil the dried root pieces in water and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes.  Drink  daily for up to 3 weeks at a time to give your stress glands a boost. Herbalist  Beverley Gray, author of The Boreal Herbal adds the cooled rhodiola tea to her  morning smoothies for a boost.

By  Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and twelve-time book author and doctor of traditional natural  medicine, whose works include: Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet,  Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The  Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan,  and The Phytozyme Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and  subscribe to her free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com.

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