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Changing diet helps improve cognitive abilities.
- May 31, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
With the advent of middle age, many people begin to experience various cognitive problems, ranging from the deterioration of short-term memory and ending up with more visible and serious. In order to prevent this age trend, specialists from the University of Cork in Ireland have long been conducting their unusual research, which focuses on examining the relationship between certain intestinal bacteria and cognitive brain functions in mature people. That is why a team of specialists today released a report on the results of their observation, which simply can not be interesting and revealing.
“Positive” intestinal bacteria are such groups of bacteria in the intestinal environment, which carry out normal regulatory processes of metabolism and assimilation of various elements – in addition, they themselves to some extent affect the improvement of the work of the brain, as noted by the researcher. However, with the passage of time and increasing age, a person begins to experience changes in his intestinal biome, which is associated with the degradation of positive bacteria and an increase in the number of negative ones.
That is why Irish experts have suggested inulin as a main factor in countering this process – a special type of non-digestible fibers found in many plants, fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products, representing a rather powerful probiotic. Preliminary tests on mice demonstrated that incorporating it into the diet significantly reduces intestinal inflammation.
This means that this probiotic helps positive and beneficial intestinal bacteria to continue to grow and multiply – which is associated with a number of factors and characteristics. However, so far scientists are interested in conducting some additional research on this topic and illustrating other potential clues regarding intestinal bacteria and cognitive functions.