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  • Study links nutrients, brain structure, cognition in healthy aging

    The research team in the lab. A screen behind them displays brain regions involved in the new analysis. In the room behind them, an MRI machine.

    In a study of older adults, a research team led by, from left, Christopher Zwilling, Tanveer Talukdar and Aron Barbey found that blood markers of two saturated fatty acids, along with certain omega-6, -7 and -9 fatty acids, correlated with better scores on tests of memory and were associated with larger brain structures in the frontal, temporal, parietal and insular cortices.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes:  

    To reach Aron Barbey, email  

    To reach Tanveer Talukdar, email

    To reach Christopher Zwilling, email
    The paper “Integrating Nutrient Biomarkers, Cognitive Function, and Structural MRI Data to Build Multivariate Phenotypes of Healthy Aging” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau

    DOI: 10.1016/j.tjnut.2023.03.016