There's now a brain health food guide from Canada


2017-03-16 08:38

Baycrest scientists associated with the University of Toronto have published a Canadian Brain Health Food Guide. The primary mission of this publication is to help adults who are over 50 years old preserve their thinking and memory skills as they grow older.

It is important to treat your brain well to maintain optimal cognitive functioning, particularly as you get older. Aside from regular exercise and keeping your brain active, good nutrition is essential for brain health.

The first Canadian Brain Health Food Guide written for adults has been created

The first Canadian Brain Health Food Guide written for adults has been created by Baycrest Health Sciences, which is affiliated with the University of Toronto.This guide has a focus on assisting adults who are over 50 years old to preserve their thinking and memory skills as they grow older.

Eating healthy food is associated with the retention of your cognitive function

Dr. Carol Greenwood, who is co-author of the Brain Health Food Guide, says evidence has been growing in scientific literature that eating healthy food is associated with the retention of your cognitive function. Most of the evidence about nutrition and maintaining healthy brains deals with classes of foods instead of individual foods. Elderly people have been encouraged to eat cruciferous vegetables or berries.

There is a 36 percent decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s when good dietary guidelines are followed

The researchers say there is a 36 percent decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s when dietary guidelines are followed which are similar to those which are outlined in the Brain Health Food Guide. There has also been noted to be a 27 percent decreased risk of mild cognitive impairment, which is a condition that is likely to develop into Alzheimer’s.

Focus on an overall pattern of healthy eating

There are many good tips which are suggested in the Brain Health Food Guide. One good tip is to focus on an overall pattern of healthy eating instead of just one “superfood” for the health of your brain. Several times a week you should eat fish, nuts and beans. Healthy fats from olive oil, fish and nuts should be included in your diet. Beans or legumes should be added to soups, stews and foods which are stir-fried.

There is a great opportunity to decrease the burden of dementias with diet, lifestyle and exercise

The Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) reports that about 50 percent of Alzheimer’s disease cases may be due to poor diet and lifestyle. There is therefore a great opportunity to decrease the burden of dementias with diet, lifestyle and exercise. People who improve their lifestyle and switch to a healthy pattern of eating can protect the health of their brain and prevent loss of memory.

Being socially engaged and having mentally stimulating work is also good for brain health

Being socially engaged and having mentally stimulating work can also help protect the health of your brain. A traditional Western diet consisting of red and processed meats, potatoes, white bread, pre-packaged food and sweets is associated with more cognitive decline in older adults. However being socially engaged and having work which is in mentally-stimulating can help offset this risk. Nevertheless, in consideration of the association of a traditional Western diet with increased risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease it is advisable to adhere to healthier dietary guidelines.

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