New Research Points To Berries As Way To Stop Memory Decline

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 4, 2012

We know that berries are nutritious, but new research is pointing to the fruits as a way for seniors to delay memory decline.

Research out of Brigham and Women's Hospital found that eating a lot of flavonoid-rich berries such as strawberries and blueberries can delay memory decline in older women by up to 2.5 years.

"Among women who consumed 2 or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week we saw a modest reduction in memory decline," said the study's lead author Elizabeth Devore. "This effect appears to be attainable with relatively simple dietary modifications."

So why not start off your day right by incorporating these berries into your meals? Berries are particularly well suited for breakfast, as it’s the most important meal of the day. Sunrise is committed to teaching seniors about healthy eating, and the upcoming Taste of Sunrise campaign focuses on the health benefits of different foods. During the Taste of Sunrise event, a Recipes from the Heart cookbook will be released, which offers a number of nutrient-packed recipes, including the breakfast favorite - blueberry pancakes.

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes
Serves 6
Brighton Gardens of Charlotte, NC

1 3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup fresh blueberries

Combine the milk and vinegar.  Set aside for 5 minutes.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.

Whisk together the eggs and melted butter, then whisk into the sour milk.

Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Stir until the lumps are gone.

Fold in the blueberries.

Heat a buttered griddle or frying pan over medium heat.

Spoon pancake batter onto the griddle. Cook pancakes until bubbles begin to form on the uncooked side. Flip and continue to cook until the other side is golden brown. Serve immediately.