Blackberries Are A Neuroscientist’s Greatest Mind-Wholesome Snack

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Blackberries Are A Neuroscientist's Best Brain-Healthy Snack

"Of all the organs in the body, the brain suffers the most from oxidative stress," wrote Mosconi previously for mbg. This is exactly why antioxidants are needed to fight free radicals and reduce chronic inflammation. And while many foods contain famous antioxidants (spinach, turmeric, and dark chocolate to name a few), antioxidants from berries have been shown to improve neurotransmission (also known as brain neurons talking to each other) as well as neuroplasticity, both of which can improve cognitive decline over the course of time affect the time.

OK, so berries are a worthwhile addition to your diet – notice. But when it comes to the different types of phytonutrient powerhouses, blueberries tend to get most of the hype (they're also pretty low in calories and have a low glycemic index). But, according to Mosconi, we should eat more blackberries: "Everyone is reaching for blueberries, but blackberries actually contain more antioxidants than blueberries," she notes.

Blackberries, in particular, are incredibly high in vitamins C and K, as well as folic acid – all of which can help manage this oxidative stress and support brain health. In fact, one study shows that the antioxidants in blackberries may even help prevent age-related memory loss.

It's a case of making blackberries the star of your fruit platter, that's for sure. However, if you're looking for a leisurely, antioxidant-rich recipe, Mosconi recommends grabbing some blackberry butter. "You can have it in winter," she says (or in the early autumn days, for example). "We get it at a farmers market. Sometimes you can also find it in health food stores." A simple toast spread and you have a sweet, slightly sour snack that is also brain-healthy.

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