Kiwi blackcurrants good for brain

London, June 26 (IANS) New Zealand blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile, finds a study.

The berries help in managing the mental decline associated with aging populations and also helps people with brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or depression.

“This study is the first to look at the effects of berry consumption on the cognitive performance of healthy young adults,” said Arjan Scheepens, the plant and food research scientist who led the study.

The juice from a specific New Zealand blackcurrant cultivar, ‘Blackadder’ also reduced the activity of a family of enzymes called monoamine oxidases which regulate serotonin and dopamine concentrations in the brain.

These chemicals are known to affect mood and cognition and are the focus for treatments of both neuro-degenerative symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease and mood disorders, including stress and anxiety.

“This research has shown that New Zealand-grown blackcurrants not only increase mental performance but also reduce the activity of monoamine oxidases,” Scheepens said.

“One of the key trends in the food industry is the development of ingredients and foods that have beneficial effects on human health,” said professor Roger Hurst, science group leader food and wellness at plant & food research.

The study was published in the Journal of Functional Foods.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here