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A new study from Harvard has found that eating blueberries and strawberries can hold off the cognitive decline and memory loss that comes with age.
Researchers looked at data from a crazy long-running Nurses' Health Study of almost 122,000 registered nurses who were between the ages of 30 and 55 who completed health questionnaires starting in 1976!
Every four years the nurses were surveyed on their eating habits and between 1995 and 2001 they began testing the memory of 16,000 nurses who were over 70-years-old.
They found that nurses who ate the most blueberries and strawberries delayed memory decline by up to 2 and a half years compared to those who didn't eat the berries.
Dr. Elizabeth Devore, the study author, said:
"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.
Among women who consumed 2 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."
That's the best part.
It's not like you need to have both berries in large quantities every day or take some weird berry pill supplement.
Just add some strawberries and blueberries to your breakfast twice a week and save your memory for a few more years!
It's that simple.