Brain Food: Fish is brain food. Researchers who looked at brain scans of healthy older adults enrolled in a 10-year study found that those who regularly ate any kind of baked or broiled fish (not fried) once a week had more gray matter in brain regions responsible for memory cognition.
D for Dementia: One of the largest studies of its kind finds that low levels of vitamin D may double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Researchers who followed nearly 1,700 adults over age 65 for six years found that those with low vitamin D had 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia and a nearly 70 perfect higher the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Aspirin a Day: New research finds that adults age 50 to 65 who take about 75 milligrams of aspirin daily for 10 years could significantly cut their risk of developing- and dying from- colon, stomach or esophageal cancer. It took three years for aspirin’s benefits to kick in, and at least five years for the death rates to fall.
*Article reprinted from AARP Bulletin Magazine, “Health Shots” by Candy Sagan, October 2014, page 4.