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Avocados Boost Brain Health and Memory in Older Adults

avocados boost brain healthYou know what they say about an apple a day. Well, the same could be said about another superfood; the avocado. Or, more precisely, an avocado a day keeps the neurologist away. According to recent research released by Tufts University and published in the journal Nutrients, avocados may boost brain function in older adults.

And that is not all. Avocados may also support healthy eye sight. Therefore, we can also say avocados the ophthalmologist away.

The researchers found that eating avocados increased lutein levels in the brain and eyes. Lutein is a naturally occurring carotenoid antioxidant, or pigment, found in vegetables and fruits. It is widely accepted as “the eye vitamin” according to WebMD.

For the study, the researchers tracked 40 healthy adults ages 50 and over who ate one fresh avocado a day for six months. They found that these adults experienced a 25 percent increase in lutein levels in their eyes, and significantly improved working memory and problem-solving skills.

In contrast, the control group which did not eat avocado experienced fewer improvement in cognitive health during the study period.

“The results of this study suggest that the monounsaturated fats, fiber, lutein and other bioactives make avocados particularly effective at enriching neural lutein levels, which may provide benefits for not only eye health, but for brain health,” said Elizabeth Johnson, lead investigator of the study.

Avocado is a superfood that is packed with nutrients including protein, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids. See our previous post on the 10 health benefits of avocado.

For more on this go to Produce News website.

Avocados Could Cost Less at Whole Foods

Healthy Eating is great, but certainly not cheap. Which is why we won’t complain if indeed Amazon lowers the prices of “best-selling grocery staples” as reportedly promised, when the acquisition of Whole Foods is complete. The foods listed include organic eggs, bananas, butter, salmon, ground beef, and (ding, ding, ding!) avocados.

“We’re determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said in a press release.

Lower prices beget lower prices, as other retailers will be forced to reduce their prices as well or go out of business.

Word out there is that Amazon Prime members will enjoy greater discounts. Members will also enjoy additional benefits such as faster shipping and ability to pick up orders at stores within minutes, perhaps by drive-through. The membership costs $99 per year and comes with a free trial.

The move by Amazon to acquire Whole Foods has been met with criticism from some quarters, as the giant online retailer begins to go brick-and-mortar. Some say grocery chains are f*cked, as happened to many bookstores not too long ago.

See HuffPost for more on Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods.

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