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Healthy Diets Can Actually Save Your Brain

A new study finds a link between poor diet and dementia

We've already told you about how eating a high carb diet might be linked to dementia, but there's some good news, too. Studies show that eating a diet that's rich in vegetables, berries, fish and unsaturated fats could reduce the risk of dementia by up to 90 percent.

A researcher at the University of Eastern Finland found that when people had higher levels of saturated fats, they had poorer cognitive functions and increased incidences of dementia. Dietary fats, found doctoral student Marjo Eskelinen, are key to the longterm health of the brain. To stave off dementia, Eskelinen recommends including vegetable oils, oil-based spreads and fatty fish in your diet.

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Another major factor when it came to brain health, according to Eskelinen? Coffee consumption. Those who consumed between three and five cups a day had a smaller risk of dementia than those who drank less or more. Eskelinen's findings were based on data from the Finnish Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Incidence of Dementia study, which looked at 2,000 participants for more than 14 years. The takeaway? Eat well now, and save your brain for later. [Medical Express]


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