The food you eat may have a lot to do with keeping your brain healthy as you age. Studies show that people in their late 80s that?have?with higher?levels of vitamin B, C, D and E as well as omega-3 fatty acids (the ?good fat?) in their blood?do better on cognitive tests.??These individuals also?have less brain shrinkage connected with ?Alzheimer?s disease.
Individuals who ate a ?Mediterranean diet?, consisting of vegetables, fruits, small amounts of meat and fish, whole grains, nuts and olive oil, had less? blood-vessel damage in the brain. Other studies have shown that leafy greens and vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower have increased dementia-fighting benefits.
What you don?t eat matters, too. Artery-clogging trans fats found in vegetable shortening and stick margarine should be avoided. Trans fats occur when hydrogen is pumped into liquid oils to make them solid. This may give processed foods a longer ?shelf life?, but the price is shortening your own life, so avoid food labels reading:? ?Partially Hydrogenated Oil?which indicates the presence of trans fats.
Eating fewer than 2,150 calories a day causes better brain health, but taking vitamin pills alone won?t protect the brain. Eating a balanced diet is the key to better health and preventing dementia.