A recent study published this week in the Journal of Neurology shows that a healthy diet could provide long term benefits on a cognitive level. Eating good food, translated in lots of fruits and vegetables, reduces the risk of memory loss.
The cognitive decline can be suppressed by good eating habits and a steady routine of exercise. All aspects of a healthy lifestyle combined influence the cognitive area of human behavior.
The recent study was based on monitoring the eating habits of 28.760 men and women across 40 countries.
At the beginning of it, people were tested for memory skills and then repeatedly after two and five years. 24% of those who ate healthy foods were less likely to experience cognitive decline, in contrast to those who had messy lifestyle and eat messy foods.
By the end of the study, no less than 4.700 people had begun to experience cognitive decline. Only 18% of those who were used to a healthy lifestyle were diagnosed with cognitive failure.
Study also showed that individuals with healthy eating habits may be more educated, practice sports and may also be thinner and less likely to smoke.
People affected by a high degree of risk on cardiovascular decline are also exposed to cognitive failure over time so for those of you who suffer from that, it might be good to reconsider your diet.
Spinach, broccoli and other foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants are natural cognitive enhancers. Blueberries may also boost memory while the natural fats and diets rich in animal protein could have negative effects.
Researchers say that their study didn’t have focus on a particular type of diet but they rather concentrated on what is generally known as healthy food. They didn’t look for nutritional patterns, they only observed the beneficial effects of an entire range of green, fresh and organic aliments.
In the past, researchers concluded that the Mediterranean diet that’s very rich in fruits, whole grains and healthy fats is also associated with minimum risk of cognitive failure.
So people around the world, no matter who you are and what you do, keep in mind that eating healthy means living healthy and living longer. Food shapes our brains as well as exercise does, so find the time to disseminate the good and the bad and keep away from those French fries, fast-food dishes and carbohydrates. All these make you fat and swollen and increase the risk of heart failure.
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