Why spring and summer are vital for good brain health

April 02, 2012
Volume 3    |   Issue 24

When it comes to memory loss, most people don’t think of it as a seasonal issue. While it’s true that memory loss can span the seasons, there is a reason to pay attention to the seasons for better memory.

For instance, back in December, I showed you how vitamin D can help those with Alzheimer’s disease. In December, when the days are cold and short, you’re not going to get as much vitamin D from the sun. So you need to take supplements.

Well, in much the same way, spring and summer are two seasons of the year when you can really supercharge your memory. There’s ample opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sun. But that’s not the only way you can boost your memory. A new study says there’s something else you need to pay attention to this time of year.

Berries! And lots of them. Because berries aren’t as readily available in the winter, two new studies explain why you need to eat as many as you can during this time of year.

We’ve known for years that berries have the ability to help your brain. That’s why we have blueberries in our Advanced Memory Formula. But this new research goes beyond what we’ve known in the past. According to this new study, you need to eat at least two servings of a variety of berries every day to maximize the effect.

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The researchers in this study looked at a number of studies conducted on cells, animals, and humans. They analyzed these studies to see if berries give older adults protection against memory loss.

The researchers found that the high antioxidant content in berries protects the delicate brain structure from free radicals. These can cause oxidative damage to your brain cells. Your brain is highly active metabolically. That means there are a lot of chemical processes going on all the time. These chemical reactions produce large quantities of free radicals. Your body can’t produce enough antioxidants to battle these free radicals. So loading up on berries during this time of year is vital for keeping your brain in tip-top shape throughout the year.

But that’s not all. Berries also affect the way your neurons communicate with each other. There’s an intricate system of chemical transmissions and electrical signals going on in your brain. Berries help keep this system running smoothly by inhibiting inflammation, which can damage your neurons. This one effect alone can significantly boost your brain function.

Fortunately, there are plenty of blueberries, strawberries, black berries, and many others available right now. And many more in the summer. Make sure you take advantage of this time of year to supercharge your brain and eat all the berries you can. We like to pick several gallons full and freeze them to eat all year round.

If you can’t get enough, take a supplement like Advanced Greens Formula, which has lots of berries in it. These include cranberries, strawberries, elderberries, and blueberries.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


J. Agric. Food Chem., Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/jf2036033, Publication Date (Web): January 23, 2012.

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