According to a new study by American scientists, cheese and wine, especially red, would be beneficial in fighting against cognitive problems associated with age.
Two emblematic foods of western cuisine, cheese, and wine, especially red, seem to do our brain right by helping it fight against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
This is the conclusion drawn from a study by Iowa State University (ISU) published by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers analyzed data from some 1,800 adults aged 46 to 77 living in the UK using the UK Biobank, a biomedical database containing information on half a million Britons and accessible to scientists worldwide researching particularly widespread diseases.
The data included responses on the consumption of fresh and dried fruit, raw and cooked vegetables, salad, fatty and lean fish, processed meat, poultry, beef, lamb and pork, cheese, bread, cereals, as well as tea and coffee, beer, cider, and red and white wine.
“I was pleasantly surprised at the results which suggest that eating cheese and drinking red wine responsibly on a daily basis” could perhaps help “deal with an increasingly complex world that never seems to slow down”, said one of the researchers.
Mutton on the list
Thus, it turns out that cheese consumption is the most effective food habit to fight against cognitive problems related to age, including at the end of life. In addition, drinking wine every day, especially red wine, would also help improve cognitive functions.
In addition, the weekly consumption of mutton, “but not other red meats”, would also work in this direction.
“Based on genetic factors, some people seem to be better protected than others against the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. I believe that good eating habits can prevent disease and degeneration of cognitive functions,” another author of the study explained at the university’s website.