Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have demonstrated that diet "high in antioxidants, low-GI foods (i.e. slow release carbohydrates), omega fatty acids, wholegrain products, probiotics and viscous dietary fibre", reduced cholesterol by 33%, blood lipids by 14%, high blood pressure by 8%, and a risk marker for blood clots by 26%. Memory and cognitive function were also increased.
"Examples of foods eaten were oily fish, barley, soy protein, blueberries, almonds, cinnamon, vinegar and a certain type of wholegrain bread"
Researchers stressed that a combination of healthy foods is better than focussing on one food to deliver health benefits. The idea is that the variety of plant chemicals from several foods is more protective than nutrients from specific foods in isolation.
Right foods aid memory and protect against disease - Lund University