According to Chinese scientists from the Medical University of Tianjin, adherence to the Nordic diet, once characteristic of the Vikings, may reduce the risk of dementia by 30%. According to experts, the consumption of seafood, whole grains and nuts significantly reduces the risk of deterioration of cognitive abilities, especially in combination with an active lifestyle.
Like the Mediterranean diet, the Nordic diet contains meals with a minimal amount of sugar and high content of healthy fats, but instead of olive oil used rapsovoe oil. Previous studies show that the anti-inflammatory properties of the main products of Mediterranean cuisine, such as fatty fish and vegetables, prevent dementia, stopping damage to blood vessels in the brain. Canola oil is associated with the production of healthy brown fat, which stabilises the blood sugar levels in humans. High sugar levels are known to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
During testing, the experts analyzed 2223 adults over the age of 65 years without dementia. The participants, who were followed up for six years, have passed the tests that evaluate mental health, and completed questionnaires about nutrition, choosing from 98 products those they regularly used. The commitment of the participants of the Scandinavian diet and level of physical, mental and social activity was assessed as low, medium or high. It was found that the Nordic diet combined with physical activity significantly reduces the risk of dementia. Thus, combining these two types of behavior may help to maintain cognitive health in old age, total professionals.