Healthy Diet...Healthy Brain: Global Council on Brain Health Recommendations
The 2017 AARP Brain Health and Nutrition Survey found that 75 percent of those who said they ate well five to seven days per week also rated their brain health/mental sharpness as excellent or very good.
The Global Council on Brain Health was convened in September 2017 by AARP with support from Age UK. The goal was to agree upon the best possible advice about what older adults can do to maintain and improve brain health. This was a true “meeting of the minds” – 11 experts from four continents representing fields such as nutrition, geriatric psychology, neuroscience, physiology and public health. The group critically examined and discussed the prevailing research regarding diet and brain health for those 50 and above and came to consensus on the following recommendations:
Encourage (eat regularly):
Making a Healthy Diet Part of Your Lifestyle
Dr. Luchsinger noted that while recommendations provide guidance regarding a healthy diet, they are often based on research conducted in very structured settings.
“The key is implementing these recommendations into one’s day-to-day life, making sustainable choices that work for you in terms of time, money and motivation,” he says.
On that note, the Council went one step further and created a list of practical tips designed to help incorporate its recommendations into people’s lifestyle. These include:
“The bottom line was that no one food provides the key to good brain health. Rather, it’s a combination of healthy foods that are likely to protect the brain. We’ll likely see continued research in this area,” says Jose Luchsinger, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center. “Making wise choices about your diet is something you can do to promote brain health and choosing healthier options more often can have long-term benefits.”
Looking to be a part of continued research? Check out lifestyle-related studies and other studies currently in need of volunteers at www.endALZnow.org/find-a-study.