There’s been something of a fuss in the media of late about The Boss’s dodgy memory.
Alf strongly suspects reports of his memory failures – and yep, there have been a few – have resulted in support for him fading just a bit in opinion polls.
This is a matter of huge concern to the Member for Eketahuna North, whose future as a Government MP rather as an Opposition MP after the next election is dependent more than somewhat on support for The Boss improving.
Accordingly Alf has been studying memory loss and what can be done to remedy it, and he thinks he is on to something.
The Boss is a great bloke for getting his choppers around a chunk of red-blooded meat.
You can see this from the two accompanying pictures – or at least, you can see he likes his meat. The red blood isn’t altogether apparent here.
But he does enjoy the stuff and by doing so it seems he has been doing his memory a great mischief.
An article in The Daily Mail today advised those of us who want our memories to stay sharp in old age to eat less red meat and more oily fish
It seems a Mediterranean diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can help preserve memory and thinking abilities.
And people who more closely followed a Mediterranean diet have a significantly reduced risk of mental impairment
Oily fish, flax seed, walnuts and pulses are known to benefit the brain and nervous system.
Dunno about flax seed, walnuts and pulses. That’s the sort of crap Greenies would tuck into.
But oily fish sounds okay.
The Mail says –
A Mediterranean diet low in red meat and dairy food and high in omega-3 fatty acids can help preserve memory and thinking abilities, say researchers.
Scientists in the U.S. studied the diets of 17,478 people with an average age of 64.
Participants were given tests that measured mental ability over an average of four years.
During the course of the study, seven per cent developed memory and thinking deficits.
The study found people who more closely followed a Mediterranean diet had a 19 per cent reduced risk of mental impairment.
A key element of the Mediterranean diet is omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, flax seed, walnuts and pulses, which are known to benefit the brain and nervous system.
The diet typically also contains high levels of fresh fruit and vegetables and low levels of saturated fat.
The findings are published in the latest issue of the journal Neurology.
Lead researcher Dr Georgios Tsivgoulis, from the universities of Alabama in the US and Athens in Greece, said:
‘Since there are no definitive treatments for most dementing illnesses, modifiable activities, such as diet, that may delay the onset of symptoms of dementia are very important.
‘Diet is an important modifiable activity that could help in preserving cognitive functioning in late life. However, it is only one of several important lifestyle activities that might play a role in late-life mental functioning.
Exercise, avoiding obesity, not smoking cigarettes and taking medications for conditions like diabetes and hypertension are also important, we are told, although Alf is not too strong on exercise if it involves raising a sweat.