Eating for optimal brain health

Eating for optimal brain health

There’s all sorts of information “out there” about what we should and shouldn’t be eating to bolster our aging brains and prevent related disease.  Happily, Baycrest scientists have led the development of the first Canadian Brain Health Food Guide (An Evidence – Based Approach to Healthy Eating for the Aging Brain) to help adults over 50 preserve their thinking and memory skills as they age. Their Brain Health Food Guide is for adults who want to retain cognitive function and brain health as they age and is based on studies of adults 50 years of age and older who changed their diets and found these benefits:

  • After four months of eating well, they performed as if they were nine years younger on tests of reading and writing speed.
  • After four years of eating well, they did not experience any memory loss.

Dietary patterns similar to the Brain Health Food Guide are associated with:

  • 36 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 27 percent lower risk of developing mild cognitive impairment or pre – dementia.

It’s exciting to know there’s even more evidence to suggest we are what we eat, so do your best to make every bite count.

View the full Brain Health Food Guide.



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