It is interesting to know that strawberries could help prevent age-related mental decline, as suggested by new study. Californian scientists have found a compound in the fruit, known as fisetin, which eases cognitive deterioration and inflammation in mice.
The findings published in the Journals of Gerontology: Series A and reported on DailyMailOnline found that mice not treated with fisetin experience cognitive difficulties, as well as stress and inflammation.
Previous research has linked fisetin with reduced memory loss in mice genetically-predisposed to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers from Salk’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory in La Jolla, California, analyzed mice that age prematurely. At 10 months, such mice show signs of physical and cognitive decline not seen in normal types of the animal until they are two years old.
They fed three or 10-month-old mice a daily dose of fisetin with their food for seven months, while another group of the same mice were fed the food without fisetin for the same length of time.
It was reported that during the study, the mice underwent various cognition and memory tests. Results revealed that mice not treated with fisetin had difficulties with all of the cognition tests, as well as showing elevated stress and inflammation.
According to senior author Pamela Maher, from Salk’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory in La Jolla, California, said: “Mice are not people, of course. But there are enough similarities that we think fisetin warrants a closer look, not only for potentially treating Alzheimer’s disease but also for reducing some of the cognitive effects associated with aging, generally”.
The import of the findings is to prevent memory loss and other related disease, strawberry is recommended for you.