Staying Mentally Sharp with Fruits and Nuts

Mom was right; eating our fruits and vegetables really is good for us—especially as we age. Research indicates that fruits and veggies that are rich in color may carry strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are especially important as we grow older, as they provide protection against motor and cognitive decline. Common sources of these properties include Concord grape juice, blueberries, strawberries and walnuts.

Concord grape juice, for instance, may be beneficial in preserving memory function. Blueberries may help improve learning and memory. Eating rich-colored fruits and veggies may even help reverse the bad effects of aging on our cognitive and motor behavior as we grow older. It’s amazing to think that what we eat can maximize our retirement readiness.

More-detailed information on this subject can be found in “Grape Juice, Berries, and Walnuts Affect Brain Aging and Behavior” in the Journal of Nutrition, July 2009.  Move over California, and bring on the fruits and nuts!


About Mike Wilson

Michael L. Wilson, MBA, CFP®, CRC®, is the owner of Integrity Financial Planning. Prior to founding Integrity in 1998, he worked for two years as a faculty member at the College for Financial Planning in Denver, training other financial advisors. Mike has 10 years of experience in the mutual fund industry, having worked with Fidelity Investments and Invesco Mutual Funds. He holds an MBA in Finance from Baylor University. Learn more about his work at
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