The last post was about the benefits of exercise to preserve brain function as we age and slow the pretty inevitable cognitive decline that occurs in our 70s and beyond.
Sadly, though, but very understandably, most people would prefer to eat their way to better brain function rather than work their way in that direction, which is why there are all sorts of studies going on to try to find perfect – and easy to swallow – dietary and nutritional tools to slow brain function.
So towards that end, two recent studies of note, and there’s the usual good news/bad news divide from the findings.
The good news is that in one study, fish oil supplements seemed to improve cognitive function in a group of seniors, (although as always, I’d argue that if supplements work, then the real thing – fishies and shellfishies – would likely work even better).
The bad news in another study that claimed to have reviewed date on over 20,000 people – and this will be bad news for millions of people who’ve put their faith in this tactic - taking B vitamin supplements (including the very popular folic acid) had no benefit on easing cognitive decline or preventing dementia in seniors.