Got berries on the brain? You should! A new study out of San Diego State University shows that eating strawberries may help improve brain function as well as lower blood pressure and increase antioxidant capacity in older adults.
The study looked at a small group of 35 healthy men and women, aged 66-78. Participants consumed 26 grams of freeze-dried strawberry powder, equivalent to two 1-cup servings of strawberries daily, or a control powder for eight weeks each. Researchers then measured cognition markers, blood pressure, waist circumference and more.
This latest study builds on previous research demonstrating the cardiovascular, metabolic and cognitive health benefits of strawberries. In addition to providing 100% of our daily vitamin C needs, strawberries contain heart-healthy nutrients like folate, potassium, fiber, phytosterols and polyphenols.
Don’t forget to pick up some extra strawberries at the grocery store this week for snacking and keeping your brain sharp – among other health benefits! Here are a few recipes to inspire you this week.