The brain has its own house cleaning process in which certain cells called microglia remove and detoxify toxic proteins that interfere with brain function. This process is called autophagy, whereby these good cells found in the brain eat the bad toxic cells.
As we age, the microglia cells fail to do their work and toxins build up in the brain.
Dr. Shibu Proulose, PhD of the US Department of Agriculture, studied the effects of blueberry and strawberry extracts on mouse cells. He found that these berries strongly support autophagy, or natural brain detox. The berry extracts worked by inhibiting a certain protein that blocks the natural brain detox process.
Berries are well-known antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, and we read much in the news related to the benefits of berries.
This research suggests that the benefits of berries go far beyond free radical damage and anti-inflammatory support. Berries, with their most prolific harvest in the spring and fall, offer much in the way of natural detoxification just when nature delivers them.
Ayurveda has always looked at berries as natural lymph movers, supporting the body’s detox pathways. Now we have evidence that these berries also support a natural brain detox, which is much needed in the toxic world we live in.
Don’t miss the berry harvest this fall. With nature supporting a fall detox, berries couldn’t be more welcome!
240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society