Strawberries in Your Diet Can Help Protect Your Brain from Alzheimer’s: Study

Closeup of woman hands holding freshly picked strawberries in garden, copy space. Handful of ripe red strawberry on green leaves background. Healthy food conceptOf all the fruits in the world, strawberries may be one of the most beneficial for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to being low in calories and high in nutrients, a new study has found that including strawberries in your diet may help protect your brain. Researchers say that the antioxidants found in strawberries can help reduce inflammation and damage to cells, both of which are associated with Alzheimer’s. So, if you’re looking for a way to safeguard your brain health, consider adding some strawberries to your next meal!


For the study, researchers from RUSH University looked at data from ongoing long-term studies conducted by the RADC, Rush Memory and Aging Project (MAP), which began in 1997. A total of 575 deceased participants were included in the study, and researchers analyzed their complete dietary information and brain autopsies.

Participants were required to complete a food frequency questionnaire nearly 20 years before death. Each person received annual, standardized testing for cognitive ability in five areas—episodic memory, working memory, semantic memory, visuospatial ability, and perceptual speed. After death, all participants had a standardized neuropathological evaluation.

There were a total of 452 participants who were non-carriers of the APOE 4 gene and a total of 120 participants with APOE 4, which is the strongest genetic risk factor gene for Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers found that a bioactive compound in strawberries called pelargonidin may have played a role in fewer neurofibrillary tau tangles in the brain of participants. Tau tangles are one of the key markers of Alzheimer’s disease, which is caused by abnormal changes in tau proteins that accumulate in the brain.

“We suspect the anti-inflammatory properties of pelargonidin may decrease overall neuroinflammation, which may reduce cytokine production,” said Dr. Julie Schneider, author of the study.

Inflammation in the brain has been linked to key markers of Alzheimer’s, such as tangles and plaques. This new data suggests that the pelargonidin found in strawberries may protect the aging brain from developing Alzheimer’s disease markers.


More studies are needed to understand how strawberries can influence cytokine proteins produced by cells and how they can regulate various inflammatory responses. However, this study suggests that specific dietary components such as berries could help brain health.

Brain Function and Mental Health

While some degree of cognitive decline is nearly inevitable as you age, this study shows how dietary factors could help the brain to function at peak potential. This can affect memory, concentration, and overall brain function.

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.