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Two Ways to Improve Memory: Eat Berries, Turn Off the Tube
Based on the article “Two Ways to Improve Your Memory: Eat Berries and Turn Off the TV”, on SportsGeezer.com
Edited (with Introduction) by Dr. Don Rose, Writer, Life Alert
One route to more accurate recall appears to be dietary. According to the website Foodconsumer.org, researchers at Tufts University separated 60 young male rats into three groups. One ate an ordinary diet without berries, the second an ordinary diet with strawberry extract, and the third an ordinary diet with blueberry extract. After two months, half the rats were irradiated to speed up aging, while the other half were not; then the rats were tested in a Maze and for levels of dopamine (low dopamine typically indicates poor memory, attention and other mental skills). The result: rats that were irradiated, and on a non-berry diet, performed worst among the three groups in the maze test and had the lowest dopamine levels. However, the positive news is that rats that were irradiated, but on a diet with berry extract, performed as well as rats that did not undergo radiation. While rats are certainly not humans, it seems wise for those people who know they don’t get enough fruit to heed the lessons learned here, and berry their pitiful diets (but avoid the pits).
Finally, for fun and learning combined, you can take a National Memory Test here.
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