Food knowledge is power and what you put on your plate can have a huge impact on your life, whether it’s helping to boost energy, improve your mood or help reduce the risk for a variety of conditions including diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as previously mentioned. Here Michelle Simmons, NaturalNews.com, reflects on a recent study about nutrition and how it affects the brain:
“It is not news that eating healthily is good for your health. But did you know that healthy eating can also make your brain larger? A study published in the journal Neurology found that people who follow a diet abundant in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish may have bigger brains.
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For the study, the researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands recruited 4,213 people in the Netherlands with an average age of 66 who did not have dementia. The participants answered a survey on how much they ate over the previous month.
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The researchers then assessed their diet quality based on the Dutch guidelines by evaluating intake of foods in the following groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, legumes, nuts, dairy, fish, tea, sugary beverages, alcohol, salt, unsaturated fats and oils of total fats, and red and processed meat. They also ranked the quality of diet for every person with a score of zero to 14, with the best diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, nuts, and whole grains, but a small intake of sugary drinks. The average score of the participants was seven.
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In addition, the participants had their brains scanned with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure their brain volume, the number of brain white matter lesions and small brain bleeds. The average total brain volume of the participants was 932 milliliters (ml). The researchers also gathered information on other factors that could affect brain volumes, such as high blood pressure, smoking, and physical activity. They also considered the age, sex, and education of the participants.
Results showed that people who followed a healthier diet had bigger brains than those who did not. Their average total brain volume was two ml larger than those who followed a less healthy diet. For comparison, a brain volume that is 3.6 ml smaller is equivalent to one year of aging. Diet was not associated with brain white matter lesions or small brain bleeds.”
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