Calories Shown to Improve Memory
A study suggests supplemental calories could improve memory in elderly people. It is also a commonly known fact many of these same elderly people do not eat enough.
Recently a there was a study performed where the brain function in people between the ages of 61 and 79 were monitored before and after consuming drinks containing protein, carbohydrate, fat or a placebo. When ingested, regardless of which source, the participants' test results showed improvements were much stronger for at least one hour.
This compares to about 15 minutes after consuming other types of drinks without the nutritional benefites of the aforementioned. Also note, poor nutrition may contribute to many of the cognitive impairments associated with aging, such as fading memory and diminished attention span.
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In addition to this study, previous research shows a beneficial effect from carbohydrates on memory performance.
However, in regards to protein or fat enhancing memory, the studies are new, but the finding could be very beneficial to all seniors should it continue to show such positive results.
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