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Research Project: Nutrition, Brain, and Aging

Location: Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center On Aging

Title: Role of fruits, nuts, and vegetables in maintaining cognitive health

Author
item Miller, Marshall
item Thangthaeng, Nopporn
item Poulose, Shibu - Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center On Aging At Tufts University
item Shukitt-hale, Barbara

Submitted to: Experimental Gerontology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/16/2016
Publication Date: 1/13/2017
Citation: Miller, M.G., Thangthaeng, N., Poulose, S.M., Shukitt Hale, B. 2017. Role of fruits, nuts, and vegetables in maintaining cognitive health. Experimental Gerontology. 94:24-28. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2016.12.014.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Population aging is leading to an increase in the incidence of age-related cognitive dysfunction and, with it, the health care burden of caring for older adults. Epidemiological studies have shown that consumption of fruits, nuts, and vegetables is positively associated with cognitive ability; however, these foods, which contain a variety of neuroprotective phytochemicals, are widely under-consumed. Surprisingly few studies have investigated the effects of individual plant foods on cognitive health, but recent clinical trials have shown that dietary supplementation with individual foods, or switching to a diet rich in several of these foods, can improve cognitive ability. While additional research is needed, increasing fruit, nut, and vegetable intake may be an effective strategy to prevent or delay the onset of cognitive dysfunction during aging.