WATSONVILLE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, nearly 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes causes more deaths in the U.S. per year than breast cancer or AIDS combined, according to the American Diabetes Association. November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and American Diabetes Month and a good time to remind consumers that studies show adding strawberries to the daily diet may improve cognitive function and help diabetes.
Strawberries & Cognitive FunctionNew research conducted at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and presented to the Society for Neuroscience revealed that strawberries might effectively combat age-related cognitive decline. In clinical studies, USDA researchers demonstrated that supplementing older adults' diets with about two cups a day of strawberries could improve cognition even in the absence of neurological dysfunction. Strawberries & DiabetesThe American Diabetes Association (ADA) identifies berries, including strawberries, as one of the top ten superfoods for a diabetes meal plan because they are low in sugar (just 7g), calories (just 45 calories), packed with vitamins (more vitamin C per serving than an orange), antioxidants and dietary fiber (3g). Additional clinical research suggests that eating a serving of eight medium strawberries a day may improve heart health and reduce the risk of some cancers. When added up, strawberries provide a nutritious boost for the entire body. Eating eight strawberries a day is a good habit to develop to improve overall health and guard against disease. As one of the most versatile fruits - and a delight for the taste buds - strawberries are easy to enjoy daily just as they are, or in a variety of simple, savory or sweet recipes.