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Eating berries may slow brain’s decline: study

Newly elected French president Francois Hollande buys strawberries as he visits a street market in Tulle, France on May 5.

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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.








1. decline n.

衰退;減少 (shuai1 tui4; jian2 shao3)

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


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.


3. up to adj. phr.

多達 (duo1 da2)

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


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