Mediterranean diet nutrients tied with healthy brain aging
[Medical News Today, 12/21/18] A recent study has uncovered further evidence of an association between diet and healthy brain aging.
It found links between blood markers of certain nutrients in the Mediterranean diet and mental performance and brain connectivity in older adults.
Previous research suggested that older adults who most closely follow a Mediterranean diet have better brain function.
In the new study, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign applied a more rigorous approach than most investigations of diet and brain health.
As well as testing cognitive function, they used MRI scans to evaluate efficiency in certain brain networks. In addition, instead of using diet surveys — which rely on people’s recall — they measured blood levels of nutrients.
The journal NeuroImage has published a report on the study.
“The basic question we were asking,” says senior study author Aron K. Barbey, a psychology professor in the University’s Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, “was whether diet and nutrition are associated with healthy brain aging.”…………….\
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