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A real no-brainer

Or more accurately, a less-brainer.

A study recently published in the journal, Neurology, has concluded (quite nicely, if you ask me) that the more “pro-inflammatory” food you consume, the higher your eventual risk of dementia.

Or to put it the way the researchers prefer, “A diet with a more anti-inflammatory content seems to be related to lower risk for developing dementia.”

In this study that looked at over 1000 Greek adults (average age: 73) and followed them for 3 years, the results were pretty clear: a more pro-inflammatory diet, with a weekly average of nine servings of fruit, 10 of vegetables, two of legumes, and nine of coffee or tea, was related up to a 3-fold lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia at the end of the study.

In studies like this, it’s of course, always very hard to differentiate the cart from the horse, so it could be that people with a poorer diet had also been doing lots of other unhealthy stuff (not captured in this research) years earlier because dementia takes many years to manifest itself, so that how they eat now actually has little to add about why they are losing their cognitive function more quickly.

But even if that does play a role in their cognitive decline, doesn’t it still make a ton of common sense to CYA (or more accurately CYB) by eating healthier anyway, no matter what age you are?

As I said, a no-brainer.