Strawberries & Fisetin
Strawberries are a fun summertime treat. But now scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered a natural compound in the bright red fruit that protects the brain against cognitive decline that often comes with aging.
The study focused on one antioxidant compound in the berries called fisetin that researchers say reduces stress markers and inflammation in the brain. And that, they speculate, may diminish age-related memory loss and could even play a role in lowering the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Several studies have demonstrated the effects of fisetin against numerous diseases. It is reported to have neurotrophic, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and other health beneficial effects.
Although fisetin has been reported as an anticarcinogenic agent, further in-depth studies are required to delineate the mechanistic basis of its observed effects.
Additional research focused toward the identification of molecular targets could lead to the development of fisetin as a chemo preventive/chemotherapeutic agent against cancer and other diseases.
When strawberries are out of season you can get your fisetin, commonly found in apples, persimmons, onions and cucumbers.
We Encourage Organic
Hopefully this encourages you to chow down on more of this delicious red fruit. However, remember to buy organic when it comes to strawberries or other fruits and vegetables, since conventional berries top the list as the most heavily sprayed with pesticides.
Article adapted from Good Health Summer 2018 Strawberries Give Brain Benefits and Antioxid Redox Signal. 2013 Jul 10; 19(2): 151–162.
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