We bring both good news and bad news regarding memory in aging brains. The bad news is that avoiding highly processed foods is a good idea for the benefits of a relatively good memory in aging brains. Those foods may be delicious, but consuming them is not the best idea. The good news is that relying on Omega-3-based supplements for helping could be the key.
Both the good and bad news are brought by SciTechDaily.com after the brains of aging rats were analyzed. There has been a strong inflammatory response and memory loss after weeks of consuming highly processed foods. Also, adding omega-3 fatty acid DHA to the processed diet provided help in the issues, also including the prevention of memory problems for the rodents.
Adding foods rich in DHA is the answer
The study also suggests that older consumers should include foods that are rich in DHA for their diets.
Ruth Barrientos, who is the senior study author, declared as quoted by SciTechDaily.com:
The fact we’re seeing these effects so quickly is a little bit alarming,
These findings indicate that consumption of a processed diet can produce significant and abrupt memory deficits – and in the aging population, rapid memory decline has a greater likelihood of progressing into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. By being aware of this, maybe we can limit processed foods in our diets and increase consumption of foods that are rich in the omega-3 fatty acid DHA to either prevent or slow that progression.
DHA, which is more scientifically known as Docosahexaenoic acid, is an omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a primary structural component of the human brain, skin, retina, and cerebral cortex.
The new study was published in the journal Brain, Behaviour, and Immunity.