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Wine and Cheese May Be Good For Your Brain, According to Study

Cheese, by far, is the most protective food against cognitive decline.

Wine and cheese don't only taste good, but a new study says it could be good for you too. New research from Iowa State University, published in last month's issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, showed links to improving age-related cognitive problems.

The study used data of 1,787 adults from the ages 46 to 77. Participants were asked to take a Fluid Intelligence Test, a survey that asked about their intake of fresh fruit, dried fruit, raw vegetables and salad, cooked vegetables, oily fish, lean fish, processed meat, poultry, beef, lamb, pork, cheese, bread, cereal, tea and coffee, beer and cider, red wine, white wine, and champagne and liquor.

What researchers found was that cheese was the most protective food against cognitive decline. And, even the daily consumption of red wine also had positive effects. Combine them together and you have the age-old pairing that French people swear by.

"I was pleasantly surprised that our results suggest that responsibly eating cheese and drinking red wine daily are not just good for helping us cope with our current COVID-19 pandemic, but perhaps also dealing with an increasingly complex world that never seems to slow down," says lead author Auriel Willette.

He continues, "While we took into account whether this was just due to what well-off people eat and drink, randomized clinical trials are needed to determine if making easy changes in our diet could help our brains in significant ways."

Though Willette says the risk of Alzheimer's depends on the genetic factors you carry, he believes the right food choices can still prevent the disease and cognitive decline.


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