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It’s a good thing grapes, blueberries, and blackberries are so delicious – our brains absolutely crave these foods. Not only are they great for your heart, they’re outstanding for your brain. As we often read, what’s great for one is generally great for the other – and, let’s face it, a healthy mind and heart are what we’re all after!
Concord grapes, blueberries, and blackberries each get their gorgeous, rich color from polyphenols. Polyphenols are compounds that reduce heart disease risk and protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Polyphenols help keep blood vessels and arteries flexible and healthy. “What’s good for your coronary arteries is also good for your brain’s blood vessels,” says Robert Krikorian, PhD, director of the Cognitive Disorders Center at the University of Cincinnati.
For those of us interested in the field of mental fitness and brain health, we have all the more reason to sound the purple food trumpet: Adding dark grapes to your diet can actually help to improve brain function. Also, researchers have found that eating 1 or more cups of blueberries every day can improve communication between brain cells, enhancing your memory.
So if you’re looking for foods that support brain health and function, be sure to put plenty of purple on your plate and in your glass.