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Fruit Gets Even Better for You as You Age

You already know that fruits and vegetables are good for your body. You may have even read that loading up on produce today can boost your mood tomorrow. But new research indicates that if you’re over 30, fruit may be better for you than ever!

According to a study recently published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience, fruit has an even bigger impact on mood as we get older than it did in our younger years.[1],[2] The study enrolled both young adults (aged 18 to 29) and mature ones (aged 30 and over). Participants filled out questionnaires about their food intake, exercise habits, and mood. Researchers then analyzed the relationship between what the participants ate, how much they moved, and how they felt.

It turned out the young folks perked up when they got enough exercise and protein, while the 30+ crowd felt better when they ate antioxidant-rich foods such as fruit.

Why? The lead researcher, Dr. Lina Begdace, speculated that because there is an increase in free radicals in older adults, they need more antioxidants than folks in their teens and twenties. And fruits are packed with antioxidants. “Free radicals cause disturbances in the brain, which increases the risk for mental distress,” Dr. Begdace explained.

If you’re still recovering from the winter blues and you’re over thirty, try reaching for an afternoon pick-me-up from the fruit bowl. Personally, I like to pair my fruit with protein and fat so my blood sugar doesn’t surge as much, such as apples with peanut butter or strawberries with Greek yogurt.

Whatever your age, Juice Plus+ can help fill in the fruit gap in your diet. Juice Plus+ Orchard Blend provides the goodness of apples, peaches, cranberries, papayas, acerola cherries, pineapples, prunes, and dates. Vineyard Blend is chock full of antioxidants from raspberries, bilberries, blueberries, cranberries, pomegranate, Concord grapes, blackberries, and elderberries.

Have you noticed how fruit makes you feel? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

 

References

[1] Cutcliffe T. Which foods boost your mood? Age may determine the answer. Nutraingredients. 2017 Dec 14. https://www.nutraingredients.com/Article/2017/12/14/Which-foods-boost-your-mood-Age-may-determine-the-answer

[2] Begdache L, Chaar M, Sabounchi N. Assessment of dietary factors, dietary practices and exercise on mental distress in young adults versus matured adults: a cross-sectional study. Nutr Neurosci. 2017 Dec 11:1-11.

 

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