BEACON TRANSCRIPT – If you’re trying to take better care of your brain health, you might want to look at the Scandinavians for inspiration. New evidence suggests a Nordic diet is good for your brain, especially during old age, and can successfully keep dementia away.
When you look of Scandinavians, you most probably think of Vikings and their fierceness. One aspect not many people know is the fact that their diets are incredibly healthy, and brings a lot of benefits for the brain during old age.
What does a Nordic diet contain?
A Nordic diet consists of plenty of fish, fruit, non-root vegetables, chicken, or rice. Also, they drink a lot of water, and plenty of tea. If you enjoy consuming alcohol from time to time, this is the diet for you, as it also allows you to drink wine moderately. Also, keep in mind that you should avoid potatoes, sugar and fruit juice, butter, or refined grains.
A team of researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden studies 2,223 participants who followed a Nordic diet. They wanted to see if this diet has any effect in improving one’s brain function. Results showed that people who opted for such a lifestyle scored better in memory tests, and showed a smaller decline in their thinking capacity.
A Mediterranean diet works as well
You probably didn’t think a Nordic diet could be so good for your health, but thought about its Southern counterpart instead. Evidence shows that Mediterranean diets are also good for the brain. Eating more vegetables and cutting down on dairy and meat reduces cognitive decline by almost 35 percent.
No matter what type of diet you choose, you have clear benefits from both of them. You just keep in mind you have to avoid consuming excessive meat, dairy, sugar, or root vegetables, and your brain will remain as ‘fit’ as it was during youth years.
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