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Eating berries may slow brain’s decline: study
吃莓果類或可減緩大腦衰退

Newly elected French president Francois Hollande buys strawberries as he visits a street market in Tulle, France on May 5.
新任法國總統歐蘭德五月五日在法國杜勒的菜市場選購草莓。

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Women who eat plenty of blueberries and strawberries experience slower mental decline with age than women who consume fewer of the flavonoid-rich fruits, a US study said.

Based on a survey of more than 16,000 women who filled out regular questionnaires on their health habits from 1976 through 2001, the findings showed that those who ate the most berries delayed cognitive decline by up to 2.5 years.

Every two years from 1995 to 2001, researchers measured mental function in subjects over age 70, according to the study published in the Annals of Neurology. “We provide the first epidemiological evidence that berries may slow progression of cognitive decline in elderly women,” said Elizabeth Devore, a doctor with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Robert Graham, an internist at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, said eating more berries is a good idea for people of any age.

(Reuters)

美國研究說,吃大量藍莓與草莓的女性,心智隨著年齡衰退的速度,比吃較少富含黃酮素水果的女性慢。

調查針對一萬六千名女性,她們從一九七六─二○○一年間定期填寫有關健康習慣的問卷,調查結果顯示,吃最多莓果類的女性,認知衰退速度最高延緩二點五年。

根據這份刊登在《神經學年報》的研究指出,從一九九五─二○○一年間,研究人員每兩年評估超過七十歲以上樣本對象的心智功能。美國麻州波士頓哈佛醫學院暨布里翰婦女醫院醫師迪沃爾說:「我們提供第一份關於莓果或可降低年長女性認知衰退的流行病學證據。」

紐約勒諾克斯山醫院的內科醫師葛拉漢說,多吃莓果對各年齡層的人都好。

(路透/翻譯:國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. decline n.

衰退;減少 (shuai1 tui4; jian2 shao3)

例: Cooking at home seems to be on the decline.

(似乎越來越少人在家煮飯。)

2. -rich a suffix

富含…的 (fu4 han2 … de5)

例: The Middle East is an oil-rich region, accounting for more than half of the world’s oil reserves.

(中東是個石油蘊藏豐富的地區,佔世界過半的石油儲量。)

3. up to adj. phr.

多達 (duo1 da2)

例: Up to 200 people were on board the ship.

(多達兩百人在船上。)


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