Bad fats 'could impact brain health as much as causing heart complications'

18 May 2012

Fats which are deemed either good or bad for the heart could also be having the same effects on brain health.

This is the main finding of a new study carried out by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, which detailed that some fats could impact a person's memory or cognitive function.

For example, the researchers highlighted that saturated fat has a link to a decrease in overall cognitive function and memory in women if consumed in high doses.

On the flip side, people who ate many foods containing mono-unsaturated fat could reverse these effects where their brain health is concerned.

Doctor Olivia Okereke, from the department of psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital, commented: "Our findings have significant public health implications. Substituting in the good fat in place of the bad fat is a fairly simple dietary modification that could help prevent decline in memory."

Charity group Headway has also recently pointed out that any head injury should be checked out by a medical professional, as there is always a risk of the incident developing into a devastating brain injury.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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