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New book, Mindfull, by leading Canadian researcher
features latest science on brain health and nutrition
TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Think your diet doesn't have much impact
on your brain function? Think again. There is a wealth of evidence to
show that a healthy balanced diet supports life-long brain health. In
fact, scientific evidence indicates that a healthy diet - that includes
whole grains, vegetables and fruit - helps maintain brain function,
slow memory decline and may help reduce the risk for Alzheimer's1 disease.
"Canadians of all ages can benefit from making a stronger connection
between how our diet impacts our overall brain health, how it ages and
how we learn," says Dr. Greenwood, senior scientist, Rotman Research
Institute at Baycrest, Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences,
University of Toronto and new advisor to The Healthy Grains Institute
(HGI), a not-for-profit organization that shares leading scientific
research to help Canadians make informed decisions about the food they
eat. "A healthy diet, coupled with a healthy lifestyle, helps decrease
our risk of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular
disease - which contribute to poor brain health."
Greenwood, one of Canada's leading experts in brain health and
nutrition, recently co-authored the informative book Mindfull: Over 100 Delicious Recipes for Better Brain Health (HarperCollinsCanada; on sale September 19, 2013; $24.99 CAN), which draws insight from her
extensive research on the relationship between nutrition and brain
"Eating wholesome foods every day from an early age plays a significant
role in having a healthy brain throughout your lifetime," says Dr. Dr.
Julie Miller Jones, Professor, Nutritionist and member of the
Scientific Advisory Council for the HGI, "Balanced Diets, such as the
Mediterranean diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains,
legumes, fish and good fats, have been shown to be associated with
lower risks of all types of cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's
Simple steps such as following Canada's Food Guide for Healthy Eating
can keep us energized and focused throughout the day and contribute to
better brain health long term. This includes a nutrient-rich variety of
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish and good quality
oils as part of a balanced diet.
Studies have found that older adults who consume the nutrient-rich diet
recommended in Canada's Food Guide have better levels of cognitive
function2. Consuming a high-quality, diet also:
Provides abundant fuel to sustain energy needed to perform at work and
school without mid-day mental and physical slumps
Strengthens blood vessels, so more oxygen and nutrients reach every cell
in our body
Nourishes areas of our brain that are actively involved in speech,
learning and reasoning
Protect our body and brain against inflammation and oxidative stresses -
precursors to chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular
Promote the growth of new brain cells and new neural connections
For more information about the Healthy Grains Institute and brain health
and nutrition, visit: www.HealthyGrains.ca.
About The Healthy Grains Institute
The Healthy Grains Institute was created to help inform Canadians about
the health and nutrition benefits of whole grains. It is a
not-for-profit institute, guided by an independent and
multidisciplinary Scientific Advisory Council of recognized health and
food science authorities who will study current research and direct
Canadians to science-based information on the role of whole grains in
the diet. The work of the Institute is supported by The Canadian
Millers Association, Baking Association of Canada, Canada Bread Co.
Ltd., Alberta Wheat Commission and Weston Bakeries Ltd.
Please visit www.HealthyGrains.ca for more information.
Healthy Grains Institute is also on Twitter and Facebook.
1 Alzheimer Society of Canada. Making Healthy Food Choices, www.alzheimer.ca
2 Shatenstein, B et al. Diet quality and cognition among older adults
from the NuAge study. Experimental Gerontology 2012; 147:34-410
SOURCE Healthy Grains Institute
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