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Berries may boost brain power

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Here's yet another reason to pile on those blueberries on your morning cereal.  They aren't just high in antioxidants, a new study says they can actually boost brain power.

The study included more than 16,000 women over the age of 70.  Researchers found those who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a slower rate of developing memory problems by about two and a half years. 

So how many berries must you eat to reap the benefits?  About two half cup servings per week.

The study could not prove if berries protected the women's brains directly.  It also found that those who ate berries also exercised more and had higher incomes, both factors in having better health.