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Researchers Use Berries And Fruits To Turn White Fat Into Calorie-Burning Beige Fat, see 

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The MIND diet provides some good news in the fight against Alzheimers see for more info.  Berries, especially blueberries, should be eaten at least twice a week.

12.11.2014 02 Mixed Berries v small 10 foods you should eat every day ... and the #1 food is BERRIES - half a cup a day of any kind of berry.
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30.7.2014 03 Blueberries Spoon(copy) Blueberries pack a powerful punch ... whether eaten frozen or fresh, according to South Dakota State University graduate, Marin Plumb.  Anthocyanins, a group of antioxidant compounds, are responsible for the colour in blueberries, she explains.  Since most of the colour is in the skin freezing the blueberries actually improves the availability of the antioxidants.  

"Researcher evaluates frozen blueberries." 4 Feb 2014.     
5.5.2014 02 Mixed Berries v small The animators at ASAP Science explain why frozen fruits and vegetables may actually have some advantages over fresh ones. -  
3.3.2014 03 Blueberries Spoon(copy) A new study shows that consuming blueberries may actually reduce the risk of contracting Parkinson’s Disease.  Dr Mary Ann Lila, Director of the Plants For Human Health Institute and one of the scientists who conducted the study, says it reinforces how eating certain fruits can have a positive and long-lasting influence on health. "Historical anecdotal evidence has suggested that consumption of berries may help to reduce the risk of brain-related degenerative diseases," explains Dr Lila. "This study showed that, in the mid-brain, berries rich in two specific classes of phytochemicals - anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins - were particularly effective against the neurodegeneration experienced in Parkinson’s."Most fruits contain predominantly one phytochemical or the other. Blueberries, however, are uniquely rich in both of these protective groups of natural chemicals.
"Because blueberries have both of these natural chemicals in high concentrations, they pack a more powerful, one-two punch. They can have synergistic benefits that surpass many other fruits when it comes to protection against brain cell death, which in turn may reduce the risk of contracting Parkinson’s."
The study was conducted by a team of scientists from leading US universities and headed up by neurobiologist Dr Chris Rochet. It will be published later this year in Brain Research.
The study’s findings further cement the blueberry’s reputation as "brain food". Previous research has shown that eating several servings of blueberries each week can increase powers of concentration and slow cognitive degeneration.   
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21 Jan 2014
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High consumption of flavonoid-rich foods may be associated with a lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by improving blood sugar management, say researchers.
Published in the Journal of Nutrition, the new study suggests that eating high levels of flavonoids – including anthocyanins and other compounds that are found in berries, tea and chocolate – could offer protection from type 2 diabetes by lowering insulin resistance and improving blood glucose regulation.
20 Nov 2013

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A new research review published, in Advances in Nutrition, concludes that “cranberries provide unique bioactive compounds that may help reduce the incidence of certain infections, improve heart health and temper inflammation.”
Ten worldwide experts in cranberry and health research contributed to the article, including scientists and medical experts fromTufts University, Pennsylvania State University, Boston University, Rutgers University, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and Heinrich-Heine-University in Germany. The authors included more than 150 published research studies to create the most thorough and up-to-date review of the cranberry nutrition and human health research.
"Hundreds of studies show that the bioactive compounds found in cranberries improve health," said lead author Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, FASN, FACN, CNS, Director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory and Professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. "For example, the polyphenols found in cranberries have been shown to promote a healthy urinary tract and exert protective benefits for cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions."
Based on the totality of the published cranberry research, the authors concluded that the cranberry fruit is truly special because of the A-type proanthocyanidins (a polyphenol from the flavanol family), in contrast to the B-type proanthocyanidins present in most other types of berries and fruit. The A-type proanthocyanidins appear to provide the anti-adhesion benefits that help protect against urinary tract infections (UTI), which affect more than 15 million U.S. women each year. They present evidence suggesting that cranberries may also reduce the recurrence of UTIs – an important approach for relying less on antibiotic treatment for the condition.
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17 Sept 2013 03 Blueberries Spoon(copy) How about this!  Doctors in New York are prescribing fruit and veggies.   
More power to them we say!!!  Eat your berries!!!
2 Sept 2013 03 Blueberries Spoon(copy) Eating more fruit, particularly blueberries, apples and grapes, is linked to a reduced risk of developing type-2 diabetes, suggests a study in the British Medical Journal. Blueberries cut the risk by 26% compared with 2% for three servings of any whole fruit - but fruit juice did not appear to have the same effect. Read more at 
11 April 2013 02 Mixed Berries v small These fruits are berry good for you ... Nicky Park from The Herald talks to Dr Mary Ann Lila about just how good berries are for you.
7 March 2013 03 Blueberries Spoon(copy) Foods that are good for your brain ... we just knew Blueberries would be on the list!  See .  Neil Barnard of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences tells us his nutrition plan in his book "Power Foods for the Brain".
19 Feb 2013 03 Blueberries Spoon(copy) Blueberries could minimise heart attack risk.  Find out more: .   
7 August 2012
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Hope our Olympians are eating plenty of blueberries to aid their muscle recovery.  Find out more: .    

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Eating berries can delay mental decline by up to 2½ years ... according to a study by the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, published in the medical journal, Annals of Neurology.    
Women who ate at least ½ a cup of blueberries or 2½ cups of strawberries per week benefited most.
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New research shows that eating berries could be useful for athletes.  See .   All the more reason to EAT MORE BERRIES!
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Berries are good for ageing brains ... Writing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers at Tufts University say that phytochemicals in berries positively affect how neurons in the brain communicate. In turn, these changes help to prevent cognitive decline and loss of motor skills, resulting in sharper, more spritely seniors. 
19 March 2012 06 Super Berrries v small Berry good news ... blueberries may cut Diabetes 2 risk.  Load up your fruit basket!  A new study finds blueberries, apples, and other flavonoid-rich produce may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 23%.  See   Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN)