Important Links Between Diet and Brain Health in Later Life

Women of Baycrest Diet – including what we eat, how much and when – has been implicated in many serious health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. There’s also growing evidence that unhealthy food choices can negatively impact cognitive function later in life.

According to Dr. Carol Greenwood, women have learned how to increase their bone reserve and stave off the bone loss caused by osteoporosis by getting enough calcium and Vitamin D and by doing bone-building exercises.

“In the same way, we can learn how to increase our cognitive reserve by eating properly and by exercising both our bodies and our brains for as long as possible,” said Dr. Greenwood, a senior scientist at Baycrest and a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at University of Toronto.

What’s her best advice? Women of all ages should increase their intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and fish oils. “This diet helps maintain a healthy body weight, increases blood flow to the brain, and decreases inflammation which has been implicated in disease,” she said.

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