Step away from the trans fat (begs your brain)

You’ve heard trans fat is bad for your heart but did you know it’s now been correlated with poor brain health? A study in the latest issue of Neurology indicates that high levels of trans fats can mean low levels of cognitive performance.
You’ve heard trans fat is bad for your heart but did you know it’s now been correlated with poor brain health? A study in the latest issue of Neurology indicates that high levels of trans fats can mean low levels of cognitive performance.

You are what you eat

It’s true: If you eat junk, you turn your body into junk. We know this sounds harsh but you can’t argue with the scale, poor energy levels, chronic disease, and that mush-brained feeling that result from terrible dietary habits.

Your brain needs nutrition

In addition to sound nutrition being paramount for your body’s health, your brain demands a wholesome diet for peak performance. And guess what? Your brain is running your entire body, not just your thought processes. A healthy brain has a significant impact on your overall health.

Brain and diet study findings

Oregon Health and Science University’s Dr. Gene Bowman conducted a study that measured nutrient biomarker patterns, cognitive function, and MRI measures of brain aging. The results?

People with high level of trans fats in their blood had  significantly poor cognitive performance and actual less total brain volume. That means a diet high in junk food and other processed fare may lead to brain damage.

On the positive end, Dr. Bowman found that people with high plasma levels of vitamins D, E, and C and the B vitamins also had better cognitive function and higher brain volume. People with higher levels of omega-3s were found to have better executive function.

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What does this mean?

Eat as fresh as possible (not hard for vegans who base their diet on fruits and vegetables), steer clear of processed foods, and read labels in order to avoid packaged goods that have trans fats. Dr. Bowman cautions against any foods that list vegetable shortening or “partially hydrogenated anything”.

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