Everyone now knows that our lifestyle directly affects our brain health. And in the way of life, there is the content of the plate. According to a recent Spanish study, a diet rich in plant products may reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia in the elderly.
Researchers from the University of Barcelona followed for 12 years, with 842 people over the age of 65 in the Bordeaux and Dijon areas. They therefore analyzed the relationship between metabolism of certain food components, intestinal microbiota of volunteers and cognitive disorders.
Fruits, vegetables, chocolate … and wine
The results reveal a favorable association (sic) between the metabolism derived from cocoa, coffee, mushrooms and red wine, as well as the development of microbial metabolism and cognitive impairment of foods high in polyphenols (apple, green tea, blueberries, oranges or pomegranates). Adults.
In contrast, the use of artificial sweeteners is associated with an increased risk of dementia.
For the authors, “Lifestyle and dietary changes are crucial as a strategy to prevent cognitive decline and progression to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Excessive consumption of fruits, vegetables and plant based foods provides polyphenols and other bioactive compounds that help reduce the risk of cognitive decline due to aging.