A good reason to go 'round the mulberry bush

Life is full of little details -- and sometimes, they slip through your fingers.

It's called being human!

And as we age, everyone has a few more of these "mental hiccups."

But if it's getting harder and harder to keep a grasp on everything from appointments... to directions... to anniversaries... then it could signal the onset of something more serious.

It could be Alzheimer's.

Unfortunately, there's not a pill in the world that can keep Alzheimer's at bay. But according to a new study, there's a natural way to help ensure that those "brain burps" don't progress into this mind-robbing disease.

And if you're a fan of dark, juicy berries, you're going to love this.

It's none other than the mulberry!

In the study out of South Korea, researchers isolated 10 active compounds from mulberries (Morinda officinalis) and tested them for activity against some of the brain chemicals that are associated with Alzheimer's.

Now, we don't know what EXACTLY causes Alzheimer's, but we DO know that the brains of Alzheimer's patients commonly contain too much of certain harmful substances that conspire to form the "plaques" and "tangles" we typically see in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

In the study, it turned out that the active compounds in mulberry extract inhibited ALL of these brain substances! Knocked them right out, in fact.

That means mulberries may shield your gray matter from the brain changes that put you on a path toward losing your precious memories.

And that's not all, because the dark reddish-purple berries are also loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants and have been shown in previous studies to prevent bone loss... reduce oxidative stress... and even lower cholesterol.

So, pop some mulberries in your mouth to keep your brain AND your body in tip-top shape.

The season for fresh mulberries runs from about June to August -- and they're delicious in salads or atop Greek yogurt.

But you can also enjoy them year-round by blending frozen mulberries into smoothies or snacking on a handful of dried mulberries with some nuts.

You can even find mulberry extract in supplement form at your local health food store or online.

Just resist the temptation to eat your mulberries in pies and cobblers -- because the grains and sugars in these treats can kick up inflammatory processes that "cancel out" the positive effects of the berry on your gray matter.