Trans fats shrinking the brain

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 | In Knowledge | Tags: ,

Trans fats shrinking the brain
~ Trans fats shrinking the brain ~

If you want to maintain your mental health in old age and ward off cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s, avoid the frozen pizza and eat the vegetables.

In a study that published in the online issue of Neurology, which looked at the dietary role of ageing gracefully, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University found that people who consumed diets high in trans fats were most likely to have brain shrinkage and scored lower on thinking and memory tests, compared to people who followed a healthy diet, low in trans fats and high in vitamins.

Trans fats are found primarily in frozen, packaged, fast foods, backed goods and margarine spreads. Conversely, people who followed diets that were high in a range of vitamin like C, D, E and B or omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to have brain shrinkage and scored higher on mental thinking tests.

Scientists also scanned the brains of 42 participants to measure brain volume and found that those who had vitamin levels had larger brains, while those with high trans fats were prone to shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s.

This study corroborates the findings of another report published last year by a team of scientists at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York who found that one dietary pattern was significantly associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease: high intakes of salad dressing, nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, fruits, cruciferous and dark, green leafy vegetables and low intakes of high-fat dairy, red and organ meat and butter.

Meanwhile, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are primarily found in fish, while Vitamin B and antioxidants C and E are found in fruits and vegetables.

Information via AFP-Relaxnews.


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