Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Eating veggies shrinks the brain-Health/Sci-The Times of India

Eating veggies shrinks the brain-Health/Sci-The Times of India

MELBOURNE: Scientists have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain-with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.

Vegans and vegetarians are the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin are meat, particularly liver, milk and fish. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause anaemia and inflammation of the nervous system. Yeast extracts are one of the few vegetarian foods which provide good levels of the vitamin.

The link was discovered by Oxford University scientists who used memory tests, physical checks and brain scans to examine 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87.

When the volunteers were retested five years later the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have brain shrinkage. It confirms earlier research showing a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12.

Brain scans of more than 1,800 people found that people who downed 14 drinks or more a week had 1.6% more brain shrinkage than teetotallers. Women in their seventies were the most at risk.

Beer does less damage than wine according to a study in Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Researchers found that the hippocampus-the part of the brain that stores memories - was 10% smaller in beer drinkers than those who stuck to wine.

And being overweight or obese is linked to brain loss, Swedish researchers discovered. Scans of around 300 women found that those with brain shrink had an average body mass index of 27 And for every one point increase in their BMI the loss rose by 13 to 16%.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the only ones with brain shrinkage are the people in melbourne that wrote this article on meat consumption! If you check out the diseases that people are in hospitals for,90% of them are meat related illnesses! heart attacks,strokes,high cholesterol,cancer,ect. most blockages in the arteries and circulatory system are meat related. Lay a piece of meat in the sun for a couple hours and smell it,rotten with a sour spoiled smell. The same thing happens when you put meat in your body at 98.6 degrees with a 24 to 36 hour travel time through your intestines and colon. It rots as the colon and intestine struggles to pass rotting meat through 24 foot of intestines to the anus. a 2000 pound bull eats nothing but grass and has huge bones and muscles. A silverback gorilla has the strength of 8 men but eats only leaves and no meat. meat eating is a tale perpetrated by ranchers and cattle raisers.