In the last decade, the association between diet and cognitive function/dementia has been largely investigated in observational studies, while there was a lack of evidence from randomized clinical trials (RCTs) on the prevention of late-life cognitive disorders though dietary intervention in cognitively healthy older adults. In the present article, we reviewed RCTs published in the last three years (2014-2016) exploring nutritional intervention efficacy in preventing the onset of late-life cognitive disorders and dementia in cognitively healthy subjects aged over 60 years using different levels of investigation (i.e., dietary pattern changes/ medical food/nutraceutical supplementation/multidomain approach and dietary macro-and micronutrient approaches). From the included RCTs, there was moderate evidence that intervention through dietary pattern changes, medical food/nutraceutical supplementation, and multidomain approach improved specific cognitive domains or cognitive-related blood biomarkers. Moreover, there was high evidence that protein supplementation improved specific cognitive domains. For fatty acid supplementation, mainly long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, there was emerging evidence suggesting an impact of this approach in improving specific cognitive domains, MRI findings, and/or cognitive-related biomarkers also in selected subgroups of older subjects although some results were conflicting. Moreover, there was convincing evidence of an impact of non-flavonoid polyphenol and flavonoid supplementations in improving specific cognitive domains and/or MRI findings. Finally, there was only low evidence suggesting efficacy of intervention with homocysteine-related vitamins in improving cognitive functions, dementia incidence, or cognitive-related biomarkers in cognitively healthy older subjects.

Dietary intervention and prevention of cognitive-related outcomes in healthy older adults without cognitive dysfunction

Agosti P.;Custodero C.;Schilardi A.;D'Introno A.;VALIANI, VINCENZO;Panza F.;Solfrizzi V.;Sabba C.
2018

Abstract

In the last decade, the association between diet and cognitive function/dementia has been largely investigated in observational studies, while there was a lack of evidence from randomized clinical trials (RCTs) on the prevention of late-life cognitive disorders though dietary intervention in cognitively healthy older adults. In the present article, we reviewed RCTs published in the last three years (2014-2016) exploring nutritional intervention efficacy in preventing the onset of late-life cognitive disorders and dementia in cognitively healthy subjects aged over 60 years using different levels of investigation (i.e., dietary pattern changes/ medical food/nutraceutical supplementation/multidomain approach and dietary macro-and micronutrient approaches). From the included RCTs, there was moderate evidence that intervention through dietary pattern changes, medical food/nutraceutical supplementation, and multidomain approach improved specific cognitive domains or cognitive-related blood biomarkers. Moreover, there was high evidence that protein supplementation improved specific cognitive domains. For fatty acid supplementation, mainly long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, there was emerging evidence suggesting an impact of this approach in improving specific cognitive domains, MRI findings, and/or cognitive-related biomarkers also in selected subgroups of older subjects although some results were conflicting. Moreover, there was convincing evidence of an impact of non-flavonoid polyphenol and flavonoid supplementations in improving specific cognitive domains and/or MRI findings. Finally, there was only low evidence suggesting efficacy of intervention with homocysteine-related vitamins in improving cognitive functions, dementia incidence, or cognitive-related biomarkers in cognitively healthy older subjects.
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