High-Fat, Copper-Rich Diets Associated with Increased Rates of Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

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Aug 15 2006 - 8:26am

High-Fat, Copper-Rich Diets

Among older adults whose diets are high in saturated and trans fats, a high intake of copper may be associated with an accelerated rate of decline in thinking, learning and memory abilities, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Although copper, zinc and iron are essential for brain development and function, an imbalance of these metals may play a role in the development of brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease.

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