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Eating fibre keeps your brain young

Eating fibre keeps your brain young

Many of us are aware of the dietary benefits of eating fibre, but now research is suggesting that fibre might help to keep our brains young as well.

Eating fibre-rich foods such as oats and beans, broccoli and whole-grains like brown rice and brown bread, may well delay brain aging thanks to the production of a short-chain fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties.

A study from Rodney Johnson, professor and head of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Stephanie M. Matt, showed that eating fibre evaluates the amount of butyrate in the brain, which improves memory.

Their research shows that a high-fibre diet positively affects the composition of microbes in the gut, whereas high-fat diets can have a negative effect.

It demonstrated that fibre can lower inflammation in the brain's microglia – an immune cell which inflames and deteriorates with age.

Fibre can be incorporated into the diet very easily, simply by adding vegetables to a main meal. Snacking on fruit and nuts rather than snacking on crisps and sweets, and eating balanced meals will ensure you get the fibre you need.

Eat whole cereals for breakfast – things like porridge or bran-based cereal, and maybe you’ll see an improvement in memory as well as overall health and wellbeing.

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running ultra marathons. In addition to training for her epic runs she finds time for strength training, Pilates and Yoga. .

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