How a plant-based diet can increase brain function 

Back to school is upon us, and what better way to make the most of your time in class than to maximize your brain function and brain activity.

Increased eating of fruits and vegetables has been linked to a lower incidence of cognitive impairment and dementia in persons over 65, according to studies. It has also been demonstrated that a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables improves brain activity in persons under the age of 65.

The prevalence of cognitive impairment is predicted to climb as the population ages, making it a major public health concern. Interventions may be more effective at earlier stages of disease development, providing a way to reduce the public health burden of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias by detecting and preventing them early on.

Increased vegetable eating was linked to a lower risk of dementia and slower rates of cognitive decline in older people, but there is no evidence that this link holds true for high fruit consumption. Increased fruit and vegetable consumption lowered the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia by 20%, while increased fruit and vegetable consumption by 100 g per day reduced the risk by 13%.

In conclusion, plant-based nutrition improves cognitive brain function while we are young and keeps our brain healthy as we age, lowering our chance of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Smart eating makes us smarter and keeps us smart as we age.  What is holding you back from increasing your plant-based eating each day?