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Cranberries for a Better Brain

Cranberries

New research shows cranberries could be a powerful way to protect brain health and memory as we age!!

As the brain ages, cumulative influences of oxidative stress and inflammation can worsen a person’s risk for cognitive decline or even dementia. 

But foods that are rich in flavonoids like anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins can provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection. 

Blueberries take a lot of the credit for being rich in these micronutrients, but this new study shows that cranberries could be another beneficial berry for the brain. Here are the details:

  • 60 adults between the ages of 50 and 80 participated in the study.

  • Participants took either a placebo or a freeze-dried cranberry powder that was equivalent to eating 100g or 1 cup of cranberries per day—for 12 weeks. 

  • Daily cranberry supplementation improved memory of everyday events (episodic memory), neural functioning, and delivery of blood to the brain.  

I’m a huge believer in the power of food to keep us healthy. Sometimes that means everyday choices, and sometimes that means adding in a little supplementation. 

Seeing that cranberry supplementation can support memory after only 12 weeks is exciting. Imagine what would happen over 12 years? 

If you’re interested in trying a cranberry supplement, we recommend this one.

Cranberries are not only great for supporting brain health, but also for detoxification. At Farmacy Counter we include cranberry elixirs in all of our detox programs. Classes are starting soon, check the course schedule here.

Reference

Flanagan E, Cameron D, Sobhan R et al. Chronic Consumption of Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) for 12 Weeks Improves Episodic Memory and Regional Brain Perfusion in Healthy Older Adults: A Randomised, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Groups Feasibility Study. Front Nutr. 2022. [link]

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