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Healthy Diet Can Lead To A Better Memory

October 27, 2010 by  

Healthy diet can lead to a better memoryIndividuals could benefit from a diet enriched with foods such as carrots, celery, peppers, chamomile and peppermint as new research suggests that a plant compound in these foods could reduce age-related inflammation in the brain.

In the study published in the Journal of Nutrition, scientists from the University of Illinois discovered that luteolin can positively affect the brain by stopping the release of inflammatory molecules.

For the research, investigators exposed microglial cells to luteolin. Rodney Johnson, lead author of the study, said that these cells "produce excessive levels of inflammatory cytokines" during an individuals' aging process. When the microglia are exposed to bacterial toxin, they kill neurons in the brain.

The scientists discovered that when luteolin was integrated with microglial cells, the neurons were able to survive.

To further their research, adult and younger mice were tested in order to find out whether or not a diet enriched with luteolin would have an effect on the subjects' memories.

The scientists concluded that the older mice who were fed luteolin did better on learning and memory tasks than those who did not receive this diet. Luteolin also helped to restore the older subjects working memories.

Johnson said that these findings suggest that a diet rich in carrots, peppers or celery could "reduce age-associated inflammation in the brain, which can result in better cognitive health."

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  • ajish

    Excellent post to highlight about better cognitive health. More and more brain research supports the idea that our brain functioning can improve no matter our age, with the adoption of appropriate lifestyle and tools, and that doing so can help build our cognitive reserves and protect our brains against decline and even Alzheimer´s symptoms. I recommend checking out for a lot of good stuff on lifelong cognitive health and brain fitness, including this nice checklist to evaluate “brain training” products and claims:


  • s c

    In addition to arming yourselves with basic, good health information, people need to remember that the consumption of a healthy fat can make a difference in maintaining total brain health (including memory).
    The AMA has gone out of its money-grubbing way to insist that all fat is bad. Aside from the fact that this fallacy is not scientific, it has much potential to increase the onset of Alzheimer’s. Educate yourselves, people. The AMA can be bad for your health (but it sure is “rewarding” when it comes to making easy money for MDs). Can you say conflict of interest?

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  • http://none Mike

    Particularly intresting to me.Concidering that now I am faceing a second bout of Alzhimers. My father passed from complications of in 8 years ago and just recently we got the news that my mother has an early onset type of it. Bob a note here anything floating around out there that might help ease the strain that its begginning to put on me. As in foods I should look into as far as slowing it or vitimin supplements?


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