Food for thought — what you eat affects how you think

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October 15, 2019 - 10:23 AM

The term “food for thought” may lead to the perception that a topic will be raised for us to think about. I’d like to carry the on to the more literal meaning — our diet and the aging brain.

I’ve probably mentioned it before, but what we do and what we eat really does have an effect on how our brains age. A research project, done by John Hopkins University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, studied 1200 people between 70 and 80 years of age who were performing in the top third of their age group. After ten years of study, those who preserved their mental functioning were found to be more physically active, more mentally active, and continued to maintain a sense of control over their lives. They felt they were still contributing to their family or their society and generally felt good about themselves.

So how does what you eat help your brain and your memory? We’ve heard about the power of antioxidants, but how do they really affect our brain power?

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