Researchers form the American Academy of Neurology reported that a person’s diet has a large affect on brain shrinkage over time and could be a controlling factor in the delay of Alzheimer’s Disease and other cognitive problems involved with advanced age in the December 28, 2011, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
All participants in the study led by Gene Bowman, ND, MPH, of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland were an average of 87 years old and had no biochemical markers of cognitive dysfunction.
Diets high in omega 3 fatty acids and in vitamins C, D, E and the B vitamins were found to prevent brain shrinkage and cognitive decline. People who had diets high in trans fats were more likely to have brain shrinkage and cognitive decline.
The analysis included memory tests, blood chemical evaluation, and MRI.
The research was reviewed at the Eureka Alert web site on December 28, 2011.