A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition (2015) found that strawberries and blueberries may boost brain health by enhancing motor performance. It’s an eye-catching headline but should we all be rushing out to the supermarket to stock up on a trolley full of blueberries? Not quite yet.
The research was conducted on lab rats and involved a 6-week diet supplemented with either blueberry or strawberry powder. Results showed that the blueberry diet group performed better on psychomotor coordination tests whereas the strawberry group were better on more general balance and coordination tasks. Whilst there were improvements in both groups, the differences were accounted for by the polyphenol content of the different berries.
Whilst berries don’t hold the answer to all health problems, there is a growing body of evidence to show their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties do benefit cognitive heath and motor function. Include a handful of strawberries and blueberries into your diet a couple of times a week to benefit.