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Wine and cheese help prevent dementia

Eating cheese and drinking red wine could help combat the symptoms of dementia, according to an Iowa State University study of almost 1,800 Britons.

The study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that a daily glass of red wine, in addition to eating cheese and a weekly meal of lamb, helped reduce the risk of dementia due to the amount of protein in the brain, which protected the brain from disease . injury.

The Iowa State University study of 1,800 Brits from the UK Biobank, aged 46 to 77, found that too much salt was the biggest contributor to reduced cognitive function, but that a daily dose of wine and cheese helped.

Food Consumption

The study participants – chosen based on in-depth genetic and health information – were asked about their consumption of fresh fruit, dried fruit, raw vegetables and salad, cooked vegetables, oily fish, lean fish, processed meat, poultry, beef, lamb. , pork, cheese, bread, cereals, tea and coffee, beer and cider, red wine, white wine and champagne and spirits.

They were then asked to take a Fluid Intelligence Test (FIT) from 2006 to 2010 and again in two follow-up assessments from 2012 to 2013 and from 2015 to 2016.

Cheese was found to be the most protective food against life-related cognitive problems, even later in life. In addition, daily glasses of alcohol, especially red wine, and lamb consumed weekly – although not other red meat – were shown to improve cognitive function in the long term.

Salt was found to be the worst product to consume, with the risk of Alzheimer’s disease significantly increasing when consumed in large quantities.

Randomized studies

Dr. Auriel Willette, assistant professor of food sciences and human nutrition, said: “While we considered whether this was just due to what affluent people eat and drink, randomized clinical trials are needed to determine whether it is easy to make changes to our lifestyle. diet can help our brains in important ways.”

Neuroscience PhD candidate Brandon Klinedinst added that genetic factors may play a role, but that “the right dietary choices can prevent the disease and cognitive decline altogether.”

He said: “Maybe the silver bullet we are looking for is improving the way we eat. Knowing what that means contributes to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and puts this disease on a reverse trajectory.”

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