Diet and our brain’s structure

What if our diet could impact our brain’s structure?

An intriguing study on the MIND diet may provide food for thought. (Link to the study)

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต:
The heart-healthy MIND diet (a fusion of the Mediterranean and DASH diets) might also impact our brain health. Recent findings from a study that observed over 26,000 individuals suggest an association between diet and specific brain structures.

๐—จ๐—ป๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€:
The study focused on association rather than causality. It linked strict adherence to the MIND diet with increased size in the thalamus, putamen, hippocampus, and accumbensโ€”critical areas for cognitive function. Larger volumes in these areas are generally associated with better brain health. Participants who diligently followed the diet showed these beneficial characteristics and fewer signs typically associated with brain ageing.

๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด:
Although the study’s timeframe did not show significant changes in brain markers, an association was noted with the MIND diet. Slower degeneration in the putamen and pallidum areas was observed in individuals without a particular genetic variant commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease risk (APOE ฮต4).

๐—ž๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€:
โ€ข The study suggests an association, not causation, between the MIND diet and healthier brain structures.
โ€ข A specific genetic variant related to Alzheimer’s disease risk (APOE ฮต4) did not significantly alter the diet’s association with brain health markers.
โ€ข Further research is needed to understand the long-term impact of the MIND diet on the brain’s structure and ageing process.

This study adds to the growing conversation about how diet may be associated with cognitive health. It reminds us that our choices at the table could influence our brain health.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ?๐Ÿง ๐Ÿฅ—

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