Fiber & Brain Health

Fiber & Brain Health

How many times have you heard that you need to get enough fiber? Well, you are about to hear it one more time-with science. Research from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana finds a complex link between dietary fiber, inflammation and brain health. In short, if you get plenty of healthy fiber, your intestinal tract turns some of that into a chemical named butyrate. Butyrate in turn seems to reduce the level of inflammation in certain brain cells. That inflammation is related to cognitive decline. Chronic low-level inflammation (not the kind from, say a cut) is associated with all kinds of health problems. More on inflammation here if you’re interested. A plain-English expansion on the workings of fiber here. For fun, if you want to dive into some serious medical jargon and science, the research by neuroscience PhD candidate Stephanie Matt at the University of Illinois, Post-Doc researcher Jacob Allen of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, et al is here.

Eat a slice of organic nine-whole-grain bread and some raw broccoli while you’re reading.

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