|Berries Are Brain Food
This season, we are encouraging patients to eat more berries. These gems of the fruit world are the perfect summertime snack. Toss them on a green salad, pop them like candy or blend them into a yogurt smoothie. However you serve them berries are rich in disease-fighting nutrients. What’s more, a growing wealth of scientific research indicates that feasting on berries can make you smarter, as well as ward off neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
While incorporating more berries into your diet can boost your health and well-being, it is essential to choose organically grown berries. This is because traditionally farmed berries contain some of the highest pesticide levels of all fruits. High consumption of many of these pesticides is linked with increased risks for the very same mind-robbing diseases that berries may prevent.
While it is often difficult to find fresh organically grown berries during cooler months, they are widely available during the summer. Look for sales at health food stores, farmers’ markets and pick-your-own farms. Wrap up and freeze some of the berries. Properly frozen berries will last for several months.Dr. Barbara Smith