Low Trans-Fat Diet Keeps Aging Brains Sharp

Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Health Tips

Daily Health Tips update for September 13:

Most people know that junk food is bad for the body, but now research is showing it’s also bad for the brain. Trans fats, which are found in many processed and pre-packaged foods, were shown to hurt cognition in a study on the brain function of aging people. On the other hand, elderly people who ate a diet high in omega-3 fats, along with vitamins B, C, D and E, exhibited better brain health, proven by cognitive tests.

Omega-3s are type of EFAs, or Essential Fatty Acids. These fats are required by the body, but cannot be manufactured by the body and must be obtained by the diet. If you want to transform your meals into brain healthy dishes, add more fish to your plate. Fish are a natural source of heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids. If you don’t like fish, walnuts also deliver omega-3s. Other foods that nourish the brain include antioxidant fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

Source: NBC News


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