Summertime means picnics, iced watermelon, and a trip to the neighborhood farmers’ market! While at the market, take advantage of the season’s top selection of berries. Berry consumption just may lower Parkinson’s disease risks.
Recent research from the American Academy of Neurology shows men and women who regularly eat berries may have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Specifically, the research noted that men may also further lower their risk by regularly eating apples, oranges and other sources rich in dietary components called flavonoids. Flavonoids are found in plants and fruits, such as berries and grapefruit, and known collectively as vitamin P and citrin.
In men, the top 20 percent who consumed the most flavonoids were about 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than the bottom 20 percent of male participants who consumed the least amount of flavonoids. In women, there was no established relationship between their flavonoid consumption and developing Parkinson’s disease. However, upon examination of subclasses of flavonoids, regular consumption of anthocyanins, which are mainly obtained from berries, were found to be associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease in men and women.
Summer season is berry season! Your local markets should have plenty of fresh selections of blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, elderberries, raspberries, strawberries and more. A chilling fruit smoothie sets the tone for a nice summer afternoon cool down. Or, a refreshing fruit salad on a chilled plate is appealing for lunch. Does your senior bake? An afternoon spent baking a blackberry cobbler may be an activity that you both enjoy.
Check out the following fruit smoothie recipe and blackberry cobbler recipes!
Blueberry and Yogurt Smoothie Recipe
½ cup wild blueberries
½ cup blueberry yogurt
½ cup ice
Directions: Blend banana, ice and yogurt together until banana well blended. Add blueberries and blend on low speed for about 30 seconds.
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Easy Fruit Cobbler
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup milk
¼ cup butter
2 cup blueberries
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter in 9” x 9” baking pan.
- Blend together flour, baking powder, sugar and milk.
- Pour batter into baking dish over butter; sprinkle berries on top of batter. Do not stir.
- Bake 1 hour or until golden brown.
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So, next time you are looking for a special outing you may want to consider a shady stroll through the local farmers’ market location near you in Houston.
If you have a great berry recipe, please share with our readers!
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