SCAM OR NOT? Can Certain Foods Really Stave Off Dementia? Here’s what the science says about whether your diet can counteract cognitive decline



In one randomized controlled trial performed in Israel and published this year, for instance, researchers took brain scans of more than 200 people who had been split into three diet groups. They found that after 18 months, those who followed a “green” Mediterranean diet — one rich in Mankai (a nutrient-packed green plant), green tea and walnuts — had the slowest rate of age-related brain atrophy. Those who followed a traditional Mediterranean diet were close behind. Those who followed regular healthy diet guidelines — which was less plant-based and allowed for more processed and red meat than the other two diets — had greater declines in brain volume.


Walnuts can improve cognitive function. Blueberries can boost memory. Fish oil supplements can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Period21 Apr 2022

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  • Titlethe new well times
    Degree of recognitionInternational
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    Producer/AuthorAmelia Nierenberg- Amelia Nierenberg writes various newsletters for The New York Times.
    PersonsIris Shai


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