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Consuming both wine and cheese are great for your memory, says study

Published on:13 December 2020, 11:00am IST
Yes, you read it right. Both wine and cheese, when consumed responsibly, can help you boost memory.
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Say no to cognitive decline with cheese and wine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

With age, memory loss is inevitable, especially in women. It has been seen that women suffer more from problems like memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, there is no cure, so one has to deal with it. 

There is a lot of research happening in the area of cognitive decline, and amongst them, one has recently been released. Interestingly, it states that consuming wine and cheese might have a positive impact on your memory.

This is what the recent research has to say:

1. Responsible consumption of cheese protects one against age-related cognitive problems.

2. Daily consumption of alcohol, particularly red wine, is related to improvement in cognitive function.

3. Weekly consumption of lamb improves long-term cognitive prowess.

4. Excessive consumption of salt is bad, but only those individuals who are already at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, may need to watch their intake to avoid cognitive problems over time.

Ladies, sip on some wine today! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

These are some of the most significant findings of a study by Iowa State University, highlighted in an article published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Food plays a huge role in boosting your memory, notes the study

The study, spearheaded by principal investigator Auriel Willette, assistant professor at the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, and Brandon Klinedinst, a neuroscience PhD candidate, is a first-of-its-kind, large scale analysis that connects specific foods to later-in-life cognitive acuity.

Willette, Klinedinst and their team analysed data collected from 1,787 aging adults (46 to 77 years of age) in the United Kingdom through the UK Biobank, a large-scale biomedical database and research resource, containing in-depth genetic and health information from half-a-million participants. The database is globally accessible to approved researchers undertaking vital research into the world’s most common and life-threatening diseases.

Participants completed a Fluid Intelligence Test (FIT) through a touchscreen questionnaire at baseline (compiled between 2006 and 2010) and then in two follow-up assessments (conducted from 2012 through 2013 and again between 2015 and 2016). The FIT analysis provides an in-time snapshot of an individual’s ability to “think on the fly.”

Participants also answered questions about their food and alcohol consumption at baseline, and through two follow-up assessments. The Food Frequency Questionnaire asked the participants 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, cider, red wine, white wine, champagne and other forms of liquor.

Kick back with a glass of vino after a long day. GIF courtesy: GIPHY

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

Klinedinst adds, “Depending on their genetic factors, some individuals seem to be more protected from the effects of Alzheimer’s, while others seem to be at greater risk. That said, I believe the right food choices can prevent the disease and cognitive decline altogether. Perhaps the silver bullet we’re looking for is upgrading how we eat. Knowing what that entails contributes to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s, and puts this disease in a reverse trajectory.” 

(With inputs from ANI)

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