Fruits and Vegetables Improve Memory


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A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and low in meat and other animal products, has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of those top two killers, cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Now, a newly published public health study, from Norway, suggests eating your fruits and veggies may also be good for your brain, as well.

In this study, which appears in the current issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, 2,013 research volunteers between the ages of 70 and 74 underwent extensive cognitive testing and evaluation of their dietary habits. 

Overall, memory and other higher cognitive functions were significantly improved among those patient volunteers who consumed the most fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and mushrooms.  Among these foods, the frequent intake of both fruits and vegetables (up to 500 grams per day) was, specifically, linked to the highest level of cognitive function in these older men and women.

Further study of dietary preferences revealed that cruciferous vegetables (e.g., broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, among others), carrots, citrus fruits, and whole-grain breads were the foods most closely associated with improved cognitive function.  (On the other hand, white bread consumption was associated with decreased levels of cognitive function!)

This interesting little study, therefore, suggests that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (and cruciferous vegetables and carrots, in particular) may help to preserve memory, and other higher cognitive functions, in the aging brain.  The findings of this study are especially interesting in view of the rapidly aging populations of many countries around the world, including the United States.           


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4 Comments on "Fruits and Vegetables Improve Memory"

  1. kaitlin on Wed, 24th Nov 2010 5:35 pm 

    very special

  2. Doctorwascher on Sun, 28th Nov 2010 10:23 am 

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  3. Carroll on Sat, 26th Mar 2011 2:05 am 

    interesting post. thanks.

  4. Santosh on Sun, 29th Apr 2012 5:25 am 

    You say in another question that you’re a 13 year old male. Your chances of having breast cancer are just about zero. Men do get breast cancer, but fewer than 1% of those diagnosed with breast cancer are male. Most men diagnosed with it are over 60. 80% of all people diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50. It’s rare in women under 40, fewer than 0.1% of women diagnosed are under 30, and it’s almost unheard of in under 25s. So you can see how unlikely it would be for a teenage male to have breast cancer. Most breast lumps in men are actually a condition called gynaecomastia, a button-like growth under the nipple and areola area that can be felt and is sometimes visible to the naked eye, and occasionally it can be quite tender. This increase in the amount of breast tissue is not a tumour and occurs due to changes in hormone balances at times like adolescence, your age in other words. It’s not unusual and it’s temporary. This is almost certainly what you have, but see your doctor for reassurance. There is no such thing as ‘male breast cancer’ by the way; the breast cancer men get is exectly the same as the breast cancer women get, and is treated in the same way.

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