Food for thought?
A diet recommended for avoiding heart disease may also help preserve brain tissue, according to a study in the journal Neurology.
Can ‘heartfood’ also be ‘brainfood’?
Researchers viewed diet surveys of more than 4,200 people with an average age of 66 and ranked the quality of their diets on a scale of 0 to 14. A score of 14 was healthiest and included lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, dairy and fish, but limited sugar. The volunteers provided data on other factors that might affect brain size, such as blood pressure, exercise and smoking. After adjusting for the factors unrelated to diet, researchers found that the brains of people with the healthiest diets were about 2 mm larger than brains of people who ate fewer healthy foods.
Brain volume usually shrinks as people age, and this shrinkage may be connected to problems with thinking and memory.
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