According to researchers at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, eating a lot of fruits Vegetables, beans, and other foods that have “anti-inflammatory” properties reduce the risk of infection dementia With age.
The researchers pointed out that a lot of inflammatory foods, “pastries, fried foods, and rich foods and drinks.” with sugars“, makes us vulnerable to memory loss and decline in thinking, language and problem-solving skills, at a rate of three times compared to those who do not eat these foods.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Nikolaos Skarmes, Professor at Neurology Kapodistrian University said, “Diet may affect brain health through many mechanisms, and according to our results, inflammation may be one of these mechanisms.”
In the study, the results of which were published in the Journal of Neuroscience, more than 1,000 people in Greece (average age of 73) completed a questionnaire to determine the impact of inflammation and their diet on their mental abilities.
When the study began, no one had dementia, but 6 percent developed the disease during a follow-up that lasted just over three years.
After evaluating their diet, the researchers found a link between Inflammatory foods Intellectual skills declined, as any one-point increase in the degree of food inflammation raised the risk of developing dementia by 21 percent.
In contrast, the people with the highest scores ate about 9 servings of fruits, 10 servings of vegetables, 2 legumes, and 9 servings of coffee or tea per week.
And Scarmis indicated that the nutrients contained in food contribute to the possibility of inflammation, adding: “A diet that contains more fruits, vegetables, beans, tea, or coffee It is a more anti-inflammatory system.”
He stressed the need for more research to know the mechanisms of the effect of diet on brain health, according to the UPI news agency.
Scarmis recommended a regimen Mediterranean dietIt is based on lean meat, fish, whole grains, fresh produce and olive oil.
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