Healthier Foods Lower Risks of Cognitive Decline

(HAMILTON, Ontario) — Step one in improving your memory: eat healthier foods.

Sounds simple, right? Well, a study just released from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, says that cutting the risk of memory decline and thinking skills as we age is as easy as adding more fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish to our diets and cutting back on red meat, processed food and alcohol.

In analyzing the eating habits of nearly 28,000 people in 40 countries over five years, lead study author Dr. Andrew Smyth and his team found that people who ate healthier experienced a 24-percent less risk of cognitive decline than people who consumed meats, fatty foods and sugary items.

The group of healthier eaters were generally more active than their counterparts, as well as being non-smokers and having lower BMIs.

To get with the program, so to speak, people should consider the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy fats, along with foods such as spinach, broccoli and blueberries that may help slow down cognitive decline.

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