Trans Fat Found To Affect Cognitive Ability In The Elderly

Trans fat has been shown to have a negative effect on cardiovascular health and, according to a new study from Oregon Health and Science University, it can also affect cognition in older individuals. The research tested 104 people with an average age of 87 using a newly developed blood test. The results found people with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D, and E scored highest on cognitive tests, while trans fat was shown to negatively impact cognitive ability. The study’s author, Gene Bowman, said trans fats are known to be bad for the heart, so it’s not a stretch to think they’re also bad for the brain. According to Bowman, research shows that a brain-healthy diet includes nuts, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while processed foods, dairy products, and fatty meats have a negative effect on the brain. More here.

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