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Certain Nutrients May Slow Brain Aging


A novel study published in the NPJ Aging journal signals how specific nutrients may play a pivotal role in the healthy aging of the brain.

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Carried out by scientists from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this research provides further evidence that certain nutrients may slow brain aging. Taking the form of a cross-sectional study involving 100 cognitively healthy people aged between 65 and 75, the tests carried out included blood plasma analysis, cognitive assessments, and MRI scans. The results indicated that participants with slower brain aging had higher levels of certain fatty acids, antioxidants, carotenoids, vitamin E, and choline.

Significantly, the study notes that these nutrients are all commonly found in the so-called ‘Mediterranean diet’. Previous research has linked this style of eating to healthy brain aging. A recent paper authored by researchers from Italy suggests that the Mediterranean diet can not only prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but also reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Additional research shows it may also help prevent depression.

To learn more about how micronutrients can benefit the aging brain, see this article on our website.