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Eight Nutrients That Can Keep The Aging Brain In Tip-Top Shape

April 24, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A cognitive specialist has compiled a list of eight nutrients that, according to published studies, protect the brain from the damaging effects of aging. At the top of the list are cocoa flavanols. Research has shown that they not only improve circulation and heart health, they also seem to benefit the dentate gyrus, a part of the brain associated with age-related memory. A mouse study showed that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements result in better object recognition memory, and spatial and localizatory memory that recalls facts and knowledge. Other brain-boosting nutrients and foods included phosphatidylserine and phosphatidic acid, walnuts, citicoline, choline, magnesium and blueberries.
Linda Milo Ohr, "Protecting the Aging Brain", Food Technology, April 24, 2015, © Institute of Food Technologists
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