A healthy diet is the one that comprises lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. These foods, when combined in a diet, fulfil almost all our nutritional requirements. Eating fruits and vegetables is good for overall well-being but did you know that consuming these in high quantity can greatly help your brain health? If the findings of a recent study are to be believed, high consumption of fruit and vegetables may lower the odds of memory loss and its co-morbid conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
The latest research by University of Technology, Sydney, in Australia, revealed that fruits and vegetables, if consumed in abundance, may improve memory and thereby other related health conditions. The study results also linked higher consumption of protein-rich foods with a better memory. The findings were published in the International Journal of Public Health.
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The team of researchers collected data from 1,39,000 older Australians and examined their eating habits and health status. They discovered a strong connection between certain food groups, memory loss and co-morbid heart disease and diabetes.
Study's researcher Luna Xu from the University of Technology, Sydney, said, "Our present study implies that the healthy eating suggestions of cereals consumption in the prevention of memory loss and co-morbid heart disease for older people may differ compared to other age groups."
Memory loss is a common problem in the elderly, which can lead to other serious issues like dementia. Dementia has many co-morbid conditions, which may accelerate cognitive and functional impairment. The most common comorbidities in dementia include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and hypertension.
"To achieve the best outcome for our ageing population, strong scientific evidence that supports effective dietary intervention in preventing and managing co-occurring chronic conditions, is essential," Xu concluded.