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Default Phytonutrients Present in Berries May Help Clear the Brain of Toxin Accumulation


The phytonutrients naturally found in berries may have special protective properties that help clear toxic protein buildup in the brain from exposure to radiation.

New research presented at the Experimental Biology 2013 meeting in Boston, MA, provides even more evidence that berries contain healthful, protective elements. Scientists from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County looked at the effects of irradiation of two different groups of rats after both were fed berries two months prior to the radiation. One group was exposed to irradiation for 36 hours and the other for 30 days.

What they found was further reason to include berries in a balanced diet. They said, "After 30 days on the same berry diet, the rats experienced significant protection against radiation compared to control." Investigator Shibu Poulose, PhD, asserted a potential reason for the advantage: "We saw significant benefit to diets with both of the berries, and speculate it is due to the phytonutrients present," he said.

Investigators believe that the berries' protective effects might help alleviate negative effects of brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, which involve toxic protein buildup in the brain. This may be accomplished by the berries' unique phytonutrient abilities that "seem to promote autophagy, the brain's natural housekeeping mechanism, thereby reducing the toxic accumulation," says Poulose.

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (2013, April 21). More evidence berries have health-promoting properties. Retrieved April 29, 2013, from https://asn-cdn-remembers.s3.amazonaw...36e8a0ba2f.pdf
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