Yes, your brain health depends on your diet. With the constant increase in new cases of Alzheimer’s disease, you like many other people are probably very sensitive to the idea of developing dementia. Therefore, you may be trying to exercise more, eat healthier, and improve your memory skills. Well, research has now proved that avoiding sugar and carbohydrates in your diet can significantly decrease your risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease.
Your lifestyle affects your BrainBelieve it or not, a number of factors affect your cognition. Examples of these factors include chemicals, cosmetics, and environmental pollutants. In other words, more elements than just diet have been linked to causing cognitive decline. Yet, your diet is a major contributor to your brain health.
Unhealthy diet disrupts CognitionRecently, the Mayo Clinic conducted a study to determine how exactly processed refined sugars and carbohydrates affect the brain. Their results were rather convincing. The 940 participants were older individuals between the ages of 70 and 89 who did not show any signs of cognitive issues. After monitoring the participants’ diet and brain function for four years, researchers learned that 200 of the participants had developed deficiencies in judgment, language, memory, or thinking. Those participants with deficiencies fell into two categories: high carbohydrate intake and high sugar intake.
- High carbohydrate intake—this group was estimated to have a 1.9 times greater risk of developing cognitive decline
- High sugar intake—this group was estimated to have a 1.5 times greater risk of developing cognitive decline
Fat is good for your Brain...!Surprisingly, participants with the highest intakes of fat and protein actually reduced their risk of cognitive decline.
- High fat intake—reduced risk of cognitive decline by 42 percent
- High protein intake—reduced risk of cognitive decline by 21 percent