Cheese, milk diet vital for smarter brain

Dairy products such as cheese and milk may be a strict no-no for their alleged links with heart disease and obesity but new research suggests that they are vital for a smarter brain.

The study, involving US and Australian researchers, was based on 1,000 adults. It found those who regularly have dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt score better in tests of mental ability than people who never, or rarely, consume dairy products.

It follows another US study, involving 104 pensioners, where scientists found that older people with higher levels of beneficial fats in their blood had less brain shrinkage typical of the Alzheimer`s disease, the International Dairy Journal reports.

These beneficial fats – omega-3 – are found in foods such as oily fish. The research, published in Neurology journal, measured the levels of different fats in people`s blood, rather than simply relying on their reports of what they ate.

It`s now well established from brain-tissue studies that our mental functions depend heavily on a good supply of fat.

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