A Healthy Diet Slows Memory Loss

A diet rich in certain nutritious foods appears to an important factor in slowing cognitive decline, according to the results of a study revealed by Dr. M.C. Morris of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Participants in the study who followed a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, poultry, low fat dairy, nuts, and seeds, and low in sugar, salt and saturated fats, showed a significantly slower rate of cognitive decline than others who followed more typical American diets.

The authors studied over 800 dementia free adults who agreed to have annual cognitive and motor testing over an average of 4.7 years of follow up.

Among the individual dietary components contributing most significantly to the slower cognitive decline were higher servings of vegetables, nuts, seeds, peas and beans.

So make sure to eat lots of vegetables, peas and nuts every day.

Green Tea Helps Prevent Strokes

A team of Japanese researchers recently published compelling evidence that drinking green tea regularly (i.e., on a daily basis) significantly reduces one’s risk of stroke.

In this long term study of more than 85,000 adults, drinking 2-3 cups of green tea per day reduced one’s stroke risk by 14% over people who rarely drink green tea.For those who drink 4 or more cups of green tea daily the risk of stroke is decreased by 20%.

These are impressive numbers, especially because the authors adjusted for other healthy lifestyle factors and still found that green tea independently reduced the stroke risk.

It is not clear what the active ingredient is in green tea that confers this benefit. It remains to be determined whether it is caffeine.

No connection was found between the risk of heart attack and green tea consumption in this study, although some other studies have shown some reduced risk of heart attack related to drinking green tea.

It looks like it’s time to switch to green tea – right now.