‘A healthy diet could ward off de­men­tia’

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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

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