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Study: Colorful Fruits, Veggies May Protect Against Alzheimer’s

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Diets by senior adults heavy into flavonols (colorful) – antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables and tea – may be less prone to develop Alzheimer’s, according to a new study.
Found in neurology.org, said the study was conducted among 921 participants of the Rush Memory and Aging Project .

Researchers found among 921 MAP participants who initially had no dementia in the analyzed sample, 220 developed Alzheimer dementia. The study found individuals with the highest intake of  flavonols had higher levels of education and more participation in physical and cognitive activities. 

Bottom line, dietary intakes of flavonols (colorful fruits and vegetables) were inversely associated with incident Alzheimer dementia in models adjusted for age, sex, education. 

“The top food item contributors to the individual flavonols in our cohort were kale, beans, tea, spinach, and broccoli for kaempferol; tomatoes, kale, apples, and tea for quercetin; tea, wine, kale, oranges, and tomatoes for myricetin; and pears, olive oil, wine, and tomato sauce for isorhamnetin.

“In this community-based prospective study of older persons, we found evidence that higher flavonol intake through food sources, and kaempferol and isorhamnetin in particular, may be protective against the development of Alzheimer dementia. The associations were independent of many diet and lifestyle factors and cardiovascularrelated conditions,” the study read.

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Strawberry Shipping Update; Group Urges 8 Berries a Day

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DSCN7169A handful of storms that have hit drought-stricken California this winter has put a damper on overall California strawberry shipments to date.

With the week ending March 5, 6.7 million trays of strawberries had been shipped.  That was down significantly from the 12.9 million trays shipped at the same time last year.  However, this year’s volume for that week was about 1 million trays more than the projected.

Despite the slow shipments in January, volume is increasing fast, particularly out of Oxnard.  Those Ventura County loadings should continue until about mid-May.

Ventura County celery, berries, and lettuce shipments – grossing about $4000 to Chicago.

Strawberry Health Benefits Promoted

The California Strawberry Commission is promoting consumption of eight strawberries a day, citing research that finds it may aid cognitive function, among other health benefits.

The MIND diet — short for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay — lowered the risk of Alzheimer’s as much as 53% in rigorous adherents and about 35% in those who follow it moderately well, according to a Rush University Medical Center study.

Berries are the only fruit specified for inclusion in the MIND diet, and the study’s authors have noted cognitive benefits from consumption of strawberries and blueberries.

The study results were published last September in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Separately, strawberries and other berries have been named by the American Diabetes Association as among the top 10 superfoods for a diabetes meal plan because of their low-sugar, vitamin, antioxidant and fiber content.

Eight medium strawberries equal about one cup a day and total 45 calories. Vitamin C content per serving exceeds that of oranges, according to the commission, and the fruit provides folate, potassium, three grams of fiber and seven grams of sugar.

 

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