NUS Mind Science Centre has collaborated with NUH Memory Clinic and NUH Dietetics to create a "Food for the Mind" booklet focusing on nutrition for healthy ageing. This booklet serves as a reminder to inculcate healthy eating habits and to adopt a varied and nutritious diet.
As life expectancies increase, the need to promote and identify factors related to healthy ageing becomes more important than ever. A core feature of ageing is neurodegeneration, the progressive loss of neurons in the brain, which leads to cognitive decline and in severe cases, dementia. Although neurodegeneration is largely a biological process, our lifestyle choices are likely to make an impact on the maintenance of brain health.
The brain consumes approximately 20% of the energy produced by the food we eat – greater than any other organ in the body. Diets consisting of high quality and nutrient-dense foods have been shown to stave off the process of neurodegeneration and development of chronic cardiovascular diseases – which are also risk factors of neurodegeneration. This means that the quantity and varieties of food we supply the brain with impact how sharp and alert our minds are.
For a high resolution version of the Food for the Mind booklet, please download the PDF version here.
FOOD EDITORIAL – FOOD FOR THE MIND
The Food Editorial is a joint collaboration between the NUS Mind-Science Centre, NUH Memory Clinic and NUH Department of Dietetics. We have attached the reference list below should you be interested in the in-depth studies.