Going Vegan May Prevent Cognitive Impairment In Seniors: Study

India probably has one of the most diverse food cultures with regional differences ranging from spices to trends in meat consumption or plant-based diets. People are now exploring different eating habits in an effort to lead healthy lives. Veganism is becoming very popular with numerous studies and reports pointing out that a plant-based diet has certain health benefits and is climate-friendly.

A recent study, conducted by the University of Barcelona (UB) and CIBER on Frailty and Healthy Aging (CIBERFES), reiterated how a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia in old people. support. “Higher consumption of fruits, vegetables and plant-based foods provides polyphenols and other bioactive compounds that could help reduce the risk of cognitive decline due to aging,” said Cristina Andres-Lacueva, author principal of the study.

Conducted over 12 years, more than 800 people over the age of 65 participated in the research that was published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. Alzheimer’s disease, a common disease in the elderly, could be prevented with a healthy change in lifestyle and diet, the study said, adding that other types of dementia could also be prevented.

According to Mireia Urpí-Sardà, of the Department of Nutrition, Food Sciences and Gastronomy and CIBERFES, the results of the study showed an important association between cognitive impairment in the elderly and foods rich in polyphenols such as apple, cocoa, green tea, blueberries, oranges and pomegranates.

A plant-based diet includes not only vegetables and fruits, but also nuts, legumes, seeds, and oils.

According to Mercè Pallàs, professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences and member of the Institute of Neurosciences (UBNeuro) at UB, the study of the relationship between cognitive disorders and foods rich in polyphenols is essential for developing preventive and therapeutic strategies. that help take care of cognitive health.

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