FONTE: Lifegate (Paola Magni)
People who eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fish, reduce the consumption of red meat, sweets, fried and refined foods, preserve memory and thinking ability even as they grow older, says the first study, conducted by McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and published on May 6 in the Neurology journal.
The researchers found that among 28,000 seniors from 40 countries, those who said they “eat healthy” were less likely to show declines in memory and attention, preserving mental abilities over the years. Compared to the group of elderly consumer of red meat and cakes, the risk of mental decline for the first group was about a quarter lower.
According to researcher Andrew Smyth, head of the research team, even considering that people with healthy eating habits can be better educated, more lean, more inclined to physical activity and less likely to smoke than those who make less attention to diet, the study is nevertheless clear that a healthy diet can reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
Mediterranean diet oil
Across the world, a Spanish research, published on 11 May of Jama Internal Medicine, showed that the addition of extra virgin olive oil and nuts to the Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and cereals grains and low in red meat, can help keep the mind active and more acute.
Spanish researchers found that older people who practice this type of diet showed improvements in thinking and memory, which is not observed in the group of elders in which the researchers have asked to practice a diet low in fat.
“You can delay the onset of mental decline related to aging with a healthy diet rich in foods with a high antioxidant, such as extra virgin olive oil and walnuts,” said Dr. Emilio Ros Hospital Clinic Barcelona. “As the average age of participants was 67 years old when he started testing, we can say that it is never too late to change our diet, to maintain or even improve brain function,” said Ros.
SOURCE: Lifegate (Paola Magni)