Saturday, 12 September 2015

diet and brain health

Healthy diet for brain health, for over 60s

 "Adults who eat more nutrient-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits and fish, have larger left hippocampi." says a report from Deakin University in Australia.

The popular science study focussed on adults aged 60-64 years, and used magnetic resonance imaging to measure the size of hippocampi.
healthy foods for the brain

“Recent research has established that diet and nutrition are related to the risk for depression, anxiety and dementia, however, until now it was not clear how diet might exert an influence on mental health and cognition."

“This latest study sheds light on at least one of the pathways by which eating an unhealthy diet may influence the risk for dementia, cognitive decline and mental disorders such as depression and anxiety in older people."

“However, it also points to the importance of diet for brain health in other age groups. As the hippocampus is critical to learning and memory throughout life, as well as being a key part of the brain involved in mental health, this study underscores the importance of good nutrition for children, adolescents and adults of all ages.”

A balanced view of protein intake

vegetable and animal sources

 tags:ageing, dementia, depression, diet, healthyfood, longevity, mental health, popular science, protein, wellbeing

1 comment :

  1. life without #mentalhealth issues? science (#psychology) says you're the weird one

    In a study of 988 individuals, just 171 (roughly 17%) of them claimed to have never experienced depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorder.

    The research, which was published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, revealed that roughly 41% of the respondents had dealt with a mental health issue for at least a short period of time by the time they reached age 38.

    The other 408 participants were shown to have endured longer lasting battles with mental ailments occurring over several years, and some had also been diagnosed with serious conditions such as bipolar disorder.

    The study was conducted over the full lifetimes of the 988 individuals, with a total of 13 assessments taking place between their birth and when they hit age 38.

    The figures fall largely in line with other long-term mental health surveys, and give more concrete evidence that mental health is something that the vast majority of people struggle with at some point in their lives.


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