Get A Healthy Brain With A Healthy Diet
You may know this already but here is the truth once again. You can get a healthy brain by following a healthy diet, especially one rich in selected vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids and not-so-rich in trans fats. A new research has suggested that older people who consumed this ‘healthy’ diet enjoyed less brain shrinkage, a factor responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. These people also performed better in mental and thinking tests in comparison to older people who were accustomed to poor diets.
1) The Study
A study was undertaken by Gene L. Bowman, ND, MPH, who works as assistant professor of neurology at the Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Potland. Bowman found that a diet high on trans fats (often found in packaged baked goods and fast foods) was the most harmful for brain health. On the other hand, a diet with “the combination of the B vitamins, the antioxidants C and E, plus vitamin D was the most favorable combination of nutrients in the blood for healthy brain aging in our population.” This study is different from the previous studies in that it used blood tests of the participants to ascertain their diet and nutrient levels. The study has been published in the online journal Neurology.
2) The Process
This study was conducted up on participants with an average age of 87, who had very few risk factors like diabetes or high BP. The research team took a look at the 30 various nutrient biomarkers and those, which showed regular association with a healthy brain, were the vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and trans fats. Although the study attributes degeneration of mental ability to age and other risk factors but diet did play a definitive role too.
3) The Diet
While fish is the best source of omega-3 acids, Vitamin B can be found in milk and dairy products, whole grain cereals, and peanut butter. For Vitamin C, fruits and vegetables are the best source. You can eat nuts and oils for a healthy dose of Vitamin E while Vitamin D is found in fatty fish, like salmon as well as fortified milk.
Until the outcome of this study is fortified further, just focus on a healthy diet because that never hurt anyone, right? And to know what is good for you, read how to train your brain to eat healthy.
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