Antioxidant-rich Foods Boost Memory Best

Jul 17, 2002

Two new animal studies have found that antioxidants in fruits and vegetables can improve learning and memory, and minimize the effect of aging on the brain. And, certain of these foods do a better job of this because they have higher levels of antioxidant activity, reports HealthScoutNews.

“What we have done is focus on the fruits and vegetables high on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) list of antioxidants,” says Paula Bickford, lead author of both studies published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Spinach, spirulina (an algae often sold in capsule form in health food stores) and apples were particularly beneficial for learning and memory, according to Ms. Bickford, also a senior career scientist at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa.

Moderator Comment: How can food retailers maximize produce sales? What grocers represent the “Best in Class” in the area of produce merchandising?

Note to self: Add apples and spinach to the weekly shopping
list. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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