What we eat has a significant impact on our bodies. Our inner systems can be completely altered by diet, either for better or worse. This is why keeping track of our food intake is crucial. But what if the meals you believed were unhealthy, were actually good? Certain dietary ingredients and how frequently you eat them can surprisingly affect your body. According to one study, some meals can help our brains work better.
Scientists from Food Science and Human Nutrition, Auriel Willette and Brandon Klinedinst completed and oversaw this study. The project concentrated on data collected from 1,787 persons in the UK. It was gathered through the UK Biobank, a scientific database including genetic and health information from over 500,000 people. The participants took the Fluid Intelligence Test, which consisted of questions about their capacity to "think on the fly." These examinations were given in 2012 and 2013, and then again in 2015 and 2016. The overall database from which these patients were drawn, helps to establish a baseline of research to make progress in some of the most deadly diseases.
They also answered questions regarding their food and alcohol intake, such as fresh fruit, raw vegetables, oily fish, steak, cheese, bread, beer, coffee, white wine, champagne, liquor, and many more.
They discovered something extremely intriguing about wine, lamb, salt, and cheese as a result of their observations. The effects of these four components on cognitive function have been demonstrated to be substantial.
Cheese has shown to help prevent age-related cognitive problems and may even be beneficial as we age. It provided the strongest protection of all the discoveries. Alcohol can also help with this if it's regularly consumed. It is possible to boost cognitive performance, especially while drinking red wine.
Willette told sources, "I was pleasantly surprised that our results showed that moderately consuming cheese and red wine every day is beneficial for helping us manage not only with our current COVID-19 pandemic, but perhaps also dealing with an increasingly complex world that never seems to slow down. While we considered whether this was simply due to what wealthy individuals eat and drink, clinical studies are needed to evaluate whether making little changes to our diet could enhance our brains in meaningful ways.
Furthermore, eating lamb once a week is a good idea. Red meats typically have negative effects on cognition, but this one is an exception since it can actually improve it.
The last surprising food to regularly consume for cognition is salt. People who are already at risk of Alzheimer's Disease should also be cautious when using salt. To reduce the risks of cognitive decline, people should be careful not to consume salt over an extended period.
Some people seem to be better shielded from the ravages of Alzheimer's than others, depending on the genetic traits they carry, according to Klinedinst. "However, I feel that making the appropriate eating choices can completely prevent the disease and cognitive deterioration." Changing the way we eat might be the magic solution we're looking for. Understanding what that includes aids in a better understanding of Alzheimer's and helps to reverse the course of the disease.