(CMR) Adding wine and cheese to your meals may be a good idea this holiday season.
A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found that including more wine and cheese in your diet could reduce cognitive decline.
The 10-year study done by Iowa State University focused on 1,787 people between 46 and 77 in the UK. Researchers found that cheese was the most protective food against age-related cognitive problems, even late in life.
Cheese, a great source of calcium, fat, and protein, usually contains high amounts of vitamins A and B-12, along with zinc, phosphorus, riboflavin, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin K-2.
The study also found that the daily consumption of alcohol, particularly red wine, was related to brain function improvements.
Red wine is said to be high in antioxidants, which have many health benefits: fighting inflammation and blood clotting and reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.
The study also found that lamb consumption, but not other red meats, improved long-term cognitive prowess.
As you enjoy Christmas, remember the foods that provide long-term benefits and remember to be moderate. And watch your salt intake.
The researchers found that people with a high salt diet who had other risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease had decreasing performance over time.