A study by Iowa State University researchers has established that eating cheese and drinking red wine can reduce cognitive decline. The study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease indicates that taking wine and cheese can contribute to improved cognitive health as one gets old. According to the researchers, this is the first study that has established that particular foods can be beneficial against Alzheimer’s disease.
The study conducted on 1,787 subjects
The study conducted in the UK studied health records of 1,787 individuals aged 46 to 77 years. The study participants completed Fluid Intelligence Tests to ascertain how quickly they could think on their feet between 2006 and 2010. The researchers then followed them up between 2012 and 2013 and again from 2015 through 2016. All the tests gave the researchers insight into the ability of the individuals to think on their feet as they grew old.
All the study participants responded to questions regarding their alcohol and food intake in the three examinations. The researchers were interested in the range of dietary choices the subjects made over the years. They polled the participants into various beverages and foods including dried fruit, fresh fruit, salad, raw vegetables, cooked vegetables, lean fish, processed meat, beef, poultry, cheese, pork, lamp bread, tea, cereal coffee, cider, beer, white wine, red wine, and liquor each person consumed.
Red wine and Cheese can slow Alzheimer’s Disease progression
Interestingly researchers established that there is a diet that can have a great impact on cognitive decline as one gets old. The study determined that cheese is more likely to prevent cognitive decline as one gets older. Equally the results established that daily consumption of red wine also enhanced brain functioning.
Lead study author, Dr. Auriel Willette said that they were surprised to establish that drinking red wine and eating cheese daily can help slow Alzheimer’s disease. She added that although the study considered if this was what well-off people drink and eat there is a need to establish dietary changes that can help boost brain functioning in various ways.