Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fast Foods Can Shrink Your Brain;Vitamins Make It Larger

Those artery-damaging fast foods laden with trans fats have been shown in recent studies to shrink the brain, a situation linked to Alzheimer's disease.

However, it appears that people with the larger brains have diets rich in vitamins C, E, B and D, plus the Omega 3 fatty acids, which benefit the small blood vessels of the brain,

Published in the journal, Neurology, the study, launched in 1989,  involved 104 generally healthy people ages 65 and older, enrolled in the Oregon Brain Aging Study.  Instead of just filling out questionnaires, participants had blood samples taken for 30 different nutrientsThey also took part in neuropsycological tests and 42 had MRI scans of their brains as well.

So why don't we want our brains to shrink?  Total brain atrophy or shrinkage, is accelerated compared to people of the same age and same gender that don't have Alzheimer's disease.

In addition to avoiding an over indulgence in fast foods which may be heavy in trans fats, it's good to reduce consumption of dairy products, beef and lam, cakes, flaky pastries, potato chips and other fried, frozen and processed foods.

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Deanna and Dave Waters
Diamond Directors, Fortune 100
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Life

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