A new study will likely prompt many women to eat more strawberries and blueberries each week. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that a “high intake of flavenoid rich berries, such as strawberries and berries, over time, can delay memory decline in older women by (two and a half) years,” according to a news release from BWH. The study was published in the Annals of Neurology.
“What makes our study unique is the amount of data we analyzed over such a long period of time. No other berry study has been conducted on such a large scale,” said Elizabeth Devore, a researcher in the Channing Laboratory at BWH and lead author of the study. “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.”