Healthy Nordic Diet Protects Brain Health
Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that – in a group of more than 2,200 older adults – people sticking to a Healthy Nordic Diet (including non-root vegetables, certain fruits, fish and poultry, canola oil and wine) enjoyed better cognitive status than individuals who ate a less healthy diet.

Weili Xu, M.D., Ph.D., at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and colleagues sought to identify dietary habits associated with preserved cognitive function in 2,223 community-dwelling, dementia-free adults in Sweden. The investigators found during six years of follow-up that even moderate adherence to a healthy diet known as the Nordic Prudent Dietary Pattern

Canola Oil aka Rapeseed Oil prominent in Healthy Nordic diet

(NPDP) resulted in better cognitive status than individuals who ate a less healthy diet that included fatty foods, sweets and processed foods. In this population, NPDP was found to be a better predictor of preserved cognitive function than the MIND diet, Mediterranean diet, DASH diet and Baltic Sea Diet.

The NPDP included:

  • More frequent consumption of non-root vegetables, apple/pears/peaches,pasta/rice, poultry, fish, vegetable oils  (especially CANOLA OIL, rich in Omega3’s and mono-unsaturated fats), tea and water, and light to moderate wine intake.
  • Less frequent intake of root vegetables, refined grains/cereals, butter/margarine, sugar/sweets/pastries, and fruit juice.

Weili Xu, MD, Ph.D., et al. Which Dietary Index May Predict Preserved Cognitive Function in Nordic Older Adults? (Funder(s): CoSTREAM project; EU’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme)   AAIC  July 2017   London, England

source:  AAIC Press releases

More about Weili Xu, MD, PhD

note: Dr. Xu’s earlier research looks at how excess weight and obesity in mid life increases one’s risk of dementia in later life.  She published several articles on this topic.

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  1. 12-12-2018

    “The Nordic diet is rich in healthy unsaturated fats and fiber, with low amounts of sugar, saturated fat, and processed foods,” Petre says. “In many ways it is similar to the Mediterranean diet, which is shown to help prevent heart disease. Both diets are high in Omega- which lower blood pressure, increase good cholesterol, reduce bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of diabetes. Additionally, they are associated with lowering the risk of cancer and improving inflammation and overall cardiac health. A 2013 Nordic study found that individuals on the diet experienced improved blood lipids and inflammation.”
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