- Regular consumption of MUFAs may help up intelligence level
- MUFAs stand for monounsaturated fatty acids
- These are commonly found in olive oil, nuts and seeds
Experts also found that people with higher levels of MUFAs in their blood had greater small-world propensity in their dorsal attention network. The findings suggest a pathway by which MUFAs affect cognition, the researchers noted.
"Our findings provide novel evidence that MUFAs are related to a very specific brain network, the dorsal attention network, and how optimal this network is functionally organised," said lead author Aron Barbey, professor at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.
"This is important because if we want to develop nutritional interventions that are effective at enhancing cognitive performance, we need to understand the ways that these nutrients influence brain function," Barbey said.
"Our results suggest that if we want to understand the relationship between MUFAs and general intelligence, we need to take the dorsal attention network into account. It's part of the underlying mechanism that contributes to their relationship," Barbey added.
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