Thursday, December 29, 2011

Natural Medicine Cabinet: How Healthy Eating Supports Brain Health

Did you know that the human brain shrinks and becomes less "nimble" in old age? Though not entirely avoidable, we may be able to slow the process, according to a new Oregon study. How? Healthy food!

A study from Oregon Health Science University and Oregon State University has, "identified mixtures of nutrients that seem to protect the brain, and other food ingredients that may worsen brain shrinkage and cognitive decline," as reported in the December 28 Oregonian article"Some diets protect aging brains, others accelerate harm, Oregon study suggests."[1]

Diets high in trans fats (in general, foods high in trans fats can include baked goods, chips, crackers, dips, and spreads), "stood out as posing the most significant risk for brain shrinkage and loss of mental agility."

Older adults whose diets included ample amounts of vitamins B, C, D, and E "consistently scored better on tests of mental performance and showed less brain shrinkage than peers with lesser intake of those nutrients." (In general, foods high in vitamins B, C, D, and E include green, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, oily fish, fish oils, nuts, and seeds.)

Another great reason healthy nutrition is our natural medicine cabinet!

Which foods are "must-have" in your kitchen? Spinach? Kale? Fresh, seasonal fruits?

Reference
Rojas-Burke, J. (2011, Dec 28). Some diets protect aging brains, others accelerate harm, Oregon study suggests. The Oregonian. Retrieved from http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2011/12/some_diets_protect_the_brain_o.html

1 comment:

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