I love berries of all kinds so that’s what popped into my head for something to bring to the #DoodlewashDinner tonight. Turns out, according to research from the Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston, berries protect the brain in a ton of different ways. Yep, they’re like brain armor! They shield your grey matter from damage caused by harmful free radicals (which sounds disturbing), reduce inflammation, and enhance brain cell survival. As I get older, I’m trying to gracefully hang on to all the brain cells I have left, so this makes them quite an attractive little treat.
The research also showed that toxic proteins linked to age-related memory loss and other types of mental decline can be effectively cleared out by berries. I’ve been avoiding the spring cleaning on my house because tasks like that make me want to cry, but I could sign up for some brain spring cleaning. Especially if it means snacking on a lot of berries and not having to find out what’s actually behind the sofa these days. Not that you couldn’t do both, of course, it’s just that my newly berried brain has an even clearer picture of just how painfully drab housework is recommending I skip it.
But seriously, berries are something that definitely needs to be on the menu each day. They’re the best buddy a brain can have, helping that little genius in your skull age better, think better, learn better and remember more. Most foods can only boast to making you gassy, so the berries really have the upper hand here. Don’t hesitate to grab yourself a handful and enjoy!
You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month!
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M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Azo Orange, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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