Milk and dairy consumption correlates with cerebral cortical as well as cerebral white matter volume in healthy young adults
Darnai G, Plózer E, Perlaki G, Orsi G, Nagy SA, Horváth R, Schwarcz A, Kovács N, Altbäcker A, Janszky J, Clemens Z.
International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 2015;66(7):826-9. doi: 10.3109/09637486.2015.1093609.
The objective of this study was to investigate the relation between habitual milk and dairy consumption and brain morphology as assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) investigations in 119 young healthy university students. MRI measurements were performed on a Siemens Magnetom Trio Tim (3T) system while FreeSurfer software suite was used for volumetric segmentation. Dietary habits related to milk and dairy consumption were assessed by a structured questionnaire. Total cerebral cortex, total cerebral white matter, and total cerebral parenchyma were significantly related with cottage cheese and total protein intake from milk and dairy also when controlled for age and gender in the multivariate model. Our results indicate that dietary habits related with milk and dairy are proportionally associated with volumes of both cerebral cortex and cerebral white matter.