There are many things we can do to keep our brains sharp as we age. From playing brain games to getting enough sleep, research shows that there are a variety of lifestyle changes that affect brain health. Now, a new study finds that eating a diet high in flavanols can lower the risk of age-related memory loss.
Studies have previously shown that up to 40% of adults 65 and older will experience some level of age-related memory loss. Fortunately, new research shows that some brain-boosting diet choices can help lower your risk for cognitive decline as you age.
A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked specifically at how flavanol (a type of flavonoid that may help reduce inflammation) intake impacted age-related memory decline in older adults. Or rather, researchers looked at how a diet low in flavanols could drive age-related memory loss.