A new study published in the latest edition of “Neurology” links healthy eating to brain longevity and reduced brain shrinkage. The researchers concluded that people who eat more fish, fruits and vegetables and less meat lose fewer brain cells as they age.
You may be thinking, “no duh, Captain Obvious, everybody under chiropractic care knows that,” but you must remember that the dominant influences in contemporary health care have a different foundation of beliefs, so “new” understanding like this, validated by their own scientific community, can have a great impact on clinical decision-making and the design of modern care plans.
The study followed 674 seniors, differentiating those who ate in the style of the so-called Mediterranean diet, which includes nine nutritional habits of consumption – regularly enjoying vegetables, legumes, cereals, fish, fruit, nuts, mono-saturated vs saturated fats, alcohol in moderation, and meat and dairy products in small quantities.
The brain scans of the participants showed that those who applied at least five of these nine eating patterns had significantly larger brains – in fact, they could estimate that the 13 milliliters difference between those who ate healthfully and those who did not represents as much as five years of aging, a stunning discovery.
Lead author Dr. Yian Gu of Columbia University said, “These results are exciting, as they raise the possibility that people may potentially prevent brain shrinking and the effects of aging on the brain simply by following a healthy diet.”
Again, you may think this is self-evident, but it’s essential that scientific thought leaders start to look at, demonstrate and prove some of the “common knowledge” that chiropractors (their CA’s and well informed patients) have been talking about for years.
Also, keep in mind that the market forces behind the health care business frown on such distinctions, because treating conditions generates massive profit, and Big Pharma stands to lose a bundle if health care consumers learned that there were actions they could take that prevent or eradicate such problems, avoiding the need for chemical intervention.
Researchers who are courageous enough and curious enough to investigate and challenge such sacred cows as “three square meals, with meat at most of them” and “kids need lots of milk to build strong bones” will help health explorers like you encourage your friends and family adopt many of the healthy lifestyle choices you are already making.
It foretells a better day coming, where people intuitively know what good eating is, and are willing to raise children with that new way of thinking. As self evident as it is to you, there are many, many people who are resisting change. Please help them see what health is.