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Alzheimer’s disease and mem­ory loss.

Not only do they taste de­li­cious but they are also a great source of an­tiox­i­dants and phy­to­chem­i­cals. The an­tiox­i­dants and other phy­to­chem­i­cals in blue­ber­ries can help to dampen down in­flam­ma­tion and have been linked to im­prove­ments in learn­ing and mem­ory. The high an­tiox­i­dant con­tent of berries helps pro­tect brain cells from dam­age by harm­ful free rad­i­cals, which are set loose within the body by the process of ‘‘ox­i­da­tion.’’ Reg­u­lar con­sump­tion of berries in some stud­ies sup­ported re­duc­tions in neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive ox­ida­tive stress.

Con­sum­ing a wide va­ri­ety of plant foods in gen­eral can help the body to deal with in­flam­ma­tion.

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Use veg­eta­bles, lentils, beans and chick­peas to bulk out meals.

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