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Diet, nutrient levels linked to cognitive ability, brain shrinkage
Oregon State University ^ | December 28, 2011

Posted on 12/28/2011 2:48:57 PM PST by decimon

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New research has found that elderly people with higher levels of several vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids in their blood had better performance on mental acuity tests and less of the brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer's disease – while "junk food" diets produced just the opposite result.

The study was among the first of its type to specifically measure a wide range of blood nutrient levels instead of basing findings on less precise data such as food questionnaires, and found positive effects of high levels of vitamins B, C, D, E and the healthy oils most commonly found in fish.

The research was done by scientists from the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore., and the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. It was published today in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

"This approach clearly shows the biological and neurological activity that's associated with actual nutrient levels, both good and bad," said Maret Traber, a principal investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute and co-author on the study.

"The vitamins and nutrients you get from eating a wide range of fruits, vegetables and fish can be measured in blood biomarkers," Traber said. "I'm a firm believer these nutrients have strong potential to protect your brain and make it work better."

(Excerpt) Read more at eurekalert.org ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: alzheimers; brainshrinkage; cognitiveability; fishoil; multivitamins; vitamins

1 posted on 12/28/2011 2:49:05 PM PST by decimon
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To: neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; conservative cat; ...

Ping


2 posted on 12/28/2011 2:49:49 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

bookmark


3 posted on 12/28/2011 2:56:40 PM PST by GOP Poet (Time for Bambi and his commie crew to go.)
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To: decimon

Brain shrinkage?

Ugh.


4 posted on 12/28/2011 3:04:24 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Straight and proud.)
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To: decimon

Horse shi**. Just more food police BS, trying to scare people into eating the way they want you to eat.


5 posted on 12/28/2011 3:07:30 PM PST by calex59
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To: decimon

I rarely eat fruits and vegetables. I prefer cheesesteaks, pizza, doughnuts, and ....and....what were we talking about again?


6 posted on 12/28/2011 3:14:28 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: calex59

I’ll alert the Linus Pauling Institute of your careful analysis.


7 posted on 12/28/2011 3:14:28 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: decimon

From the Mail, earlier today;

“Taking multi-vitamin pills ‘does nothing for our health’”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2078861/Taking-multi-vitamin-pills-does-health.html


8 posted on 12/28/2011 3:17:52 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: decimon

My dad never ate junk food and alzhiemer’s killed eventually in 2004

my Mom as alzhiemers now, too, she is 87, mild still

she never ate junk food, either


10 posted on 12/28/2011 3:19:05 PM PST by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: decimon

11 posted on 12/28/2011 3:26:52 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
“Taking multi-vitamin pills ‘does nothing for our health’”

Could be so. Hard tablets might not dissolve quickly enough. The contents might for some reason not be absorbed. The quantities might not be sufficient to matter.

12 posted on 12/28/2011 3:40:25 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

I’m ordering pizza delivery right now.


13 posted on 12/28/2011 4:12:47 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: All

Over 2 million years, the pre-human and human body has been designed to get all the nutrients it needs from eating nutritious food, not popping pills. In the modern world, anyone can get enough nutritious food to consume, if they have any semblance of intelligence.

If you eat crap all the time, taking vitamin pills is not going to keep you healthy.


14 posted on 12/28/2011 4:21:45 PM PST by Signalman
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To: RaceBannon

It is possible to be deficient in B,C,D,E and Omega while eating a junk food free diet. Aging, prescription drugs, smoking, alcohol, environment etc as well as not eating enough of the foods that supply these nutrients can cause it.


15 posted on 12/28/2011 4:25:21 PM PST by upsdriver
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To: calex59

Right... because inflammation has nothing to do with aging.

My guess is that vitamin D is slowly going to be making its way into the literature, as well.


16 posted on 12/28/2011 4:34:10 PM PST by CaspersGh0sts
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To: decimon

I want to know what Biden eats.


17 posted on 12/28/2011 4:36:21 PM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: Signalman
Over 2 million years, the pre-human and human body has been designed to get all the nutrients it needs from eating nutritious food, not popping pills.

Was our longevity better than other mammals over that period? Were we generally healthy or did the healthiest survive while the less fortunate perished, lame and hungry?

18 posted on 12/28/2011 4:40:14 PM PST by decimon
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To: Signalman

Supplements are what they are..... supplements. They don’t replace healthy foods.


19 posted on 12/28/2011 4:42:04 PM PST by upsdriver
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To: Rocky
I want to know what Biden eats.

I think he must be able to regenerate his feet, if that explains it.

20 posted on 12/28/2011 4:42:20 PM PST by decimon
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To: RaceBannon
My dad never ate junk food and alzhiemer’s killed eventually in 2004

my Mom as alzhiemers now, too, she is 87, mild still

she never ate junk food, either

Sorry to see that about your parents.

That they didn't eat what we call junk food doesn't mean they ate nutritionally beneficial foods.

21 posted on 12/28/2011 4:57:35 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Well...DUH!


22 posted on 12/28/2011 6:01:42 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - No Prisoners. No Mercy.)
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To: decimon

I had some business dealings a few years ago with people who manufactured vitamins. I was horrified to learn that a lot of the stuff that’s sold as vitamins, minerals, or other nutritional supplements is of very bad quality, with old, chemically-deteriorated components and the rest as cheap fillers. This being the case, it seems logical that the average vitamin supplement wouldn’t do much for your health. But if you can get good stuff, and if your nutrition is good enough to raise your levels of Vitamins C, D, and E, and the various B vitamins, with omega-3s, then it’s not hard to see how these things could improve physical functioning.


23 posted on 12/28/2011 9:35:01 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: decimon

Beer is brain food.


24 posted on 12/28/2011 9:40:13 PM PST by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: decimon

OTOH, if there are problems with nutrient absorption due to age or reduced stomach acid, you may not be able to benefit from the nutrients in food, either.


25 posted on 12/28/2011 9:51:07 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: decimon
Diet, nutrient levels linked to cognitive ability, brain shrinkage
26 posted on 01/18/2012 10:50:24 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: decimon
Nutrient biomarker patterns, cognitive function, and MRI measures of brain aging

Drat! That links the abstract.

27 posted on 01/18/2012 11:35:34 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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28 posted on 01/19/2012 6:37:12 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: SunkenCiv; decimon

Isn’t this just the same old “garbage in, garbage out” axion?


29 posted on 01/19/2012 6:47:57 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

I’ve gotten to my fifties with all of my marbles, and I think it’ll stay that way for some time, knock wood. Come in?


30 posted on 01/19/2012 8:10:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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