‘A healthy diet could ward off dementia’
ROTTERDAM: Eating healthily could ward off dementia and make your brain more than six months younger.
Researchers say people who eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, nuts and fish have bigger brains.
A healthy diet, long known to protect people from heart problems, was found to add to brain volume, boosting people’s grey matter and the volume of their hippocampus the brain’s memory centre.
Across more than 4 000 people aged 45 and older, eating well was found to give people an average extra brain volume of 2ml.
Dr Meike Vernooij, co-author of the Dutch study from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, said: “People with greater brain volume have been shown to have better cognitive abilities, so initiatives that help improve diet may be a good strategy to maintain thinking skills in older adults.”
Dr Sara Imarisio, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said brain size was a useful indicator of brain health, but the study did not allow any firm conclusions about how diet relates to the development of dementia.
“Research suggests a healthy diet may help to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Research is supporting pioneering research into ways we can encourage people at risk to adopt a Mediterranean diet.” – Daily Mail