Eat More Plants, Reduce the Risk of Cognitive Impairment

Eat More Plants, Reduce the Risk of Cognitive Impairment

Including more vegetables into your diet is one simple thing you can do for better overall health. We encourage people to set a goal of 15 different vegetables a day — herbs count! Now, research is suggesting that including more plants into our diet will reduce our risk for cognitive impairment in the future. Polyphenol-rich foods like “apple, cocoa, green tea, blueberries, oranges or pomegranates” and metabolites derived from “coffee, cocoa, mushrooms, and red wine” had a protective association with cognitive impairment. The study also revealed that things like artificial sweeteners had a damaging role. These findings are important because “the study of the relationship between cognitive impairment, the metabolism of the microbiota and food and endogenous metabolism is essential to develop preventive and therapeutic strategies that help to take care of our cognitive health.” 

Study cited: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/mnfr.202100606