Science and your health

Honey, I shrunk my brain!

Eat more fish: Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are primarily found in fish

A recent study has found that people can actually shrink  their brains!!. They can do this by eating junk food….LOL. The study published in the online journal Neurology looked at 104 persons, including a majority of women, with the average age of 87. Blood was exmained for the levels and types of nutrients and the brains were scanned to measure brain volume.

It was found that people who had more  trans fats in their blood were more likely to have brain shrinkage and scored lower on thinking and memory tests. Trans fats are found in fast foods  as well as frozen and packaged foodstuffs and margarine. However, people who had more of vitamins like C, D, E and B in their blood scored  higher on mental tests and had less brain shrinkage. Those who had high levels of omega 3 fatty acids, also had high scores. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are primarily found in fish, while B vitamins and antioxidants C and E are found in fruits and vegetables.  Brain shrinkages is associated with Alzheimer’s, dementia and so forth.

Source: http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2011/12/28/WNL.0b013e3182436598.abstract?sid=70f2166f-e0e3-467d-8123-9f82a56eb014

Nirmal Shah

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