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Eat Well, Remember More

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MemoryA new study shows that eating a healthy diet may have a significant impact on improving memory. Published in the journal Neurology, the new research suggests that eating well could potentially be linked to a lower risk of memory loss and thinking decline.

Unlike previous findings relating specific diets to improvements in cognitive function, this new study suggests that improving overall diet quality is an important factor for lowering the risk of memory and thinking loss. Researchers defined a “healthy diet” as one containing lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish, as well as moderate alcohol use.

“The difference in our study is we didn’t prescribe a particular diet or explore for a particular diet pattern,” said Dr. Andrew Smyth, lead author of the study and a nephrologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. “We just wanted to look at a diverse cohort of people from all around the world and analyze what their risk for cognitive decline would be if they consumed what most organizations would consider a ‘healthy diet’,” Smyth said.

Researchers monitored the eating habits of 27,860 men and women across 40 countries¬†for 5 years. Participants in the study were asked about the overall servings they consumed of different types of foods in both the healthy and unhealthy categories for which they received a corresponding point score. “For example, if participants consumed the standard dietary recommendations for fruits and vegetables per day, they would get a high score in that category. The reverse happens for unhealthy food choices,” said Smyth.¬†Participants were tested for their thinking and memory skills, at the start of the study, then again after two and five years. The results indicate that participants with the healthiest diets were 24% less likely to experience cognitive decline compared to those with the least healthy diets.

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