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Vitamins, Omega-3 Fatty Acids Are Linked To Better Thinking Scores, Less Brain Shrinkage

December 29, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study reported that people whose diet is rich in certain vitamins, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, not only had higher scores on mental thinking tests, they were less likely to experience the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are mainly found in fish, while the B vitamins and antioxidants C and E are found mainly in fruits and vegetables. The researchers also noted that people with diets rich in trans fats are more at risk for brain shrinkage and have lower scores on thinking and memory tests. Trans fats are primarily found in fast, fried and frozen foods, and in baked goods and margarines. The study involved 104 people (average age 87) with very few risk factors for memory and thinking problems.
G.L. Bowman et al., "Nutrient biomarker patterns, cognitive function, and MRI measures of brain aging", Neurology, December 29, 2011, © AAN Enterprises, Inc.
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