If you do daily crossword puzzles, you could have a sharper brain later in life. Not only that, your brain function might be 10 years younger than your age.

That’s according to new research out of the University of Exeter and Kings College London.

Experts asked 17,000 people, 50 and older how often they played word puzzles like crosswords. The online study is one of the largest of its kind focused on brain function. They found the more often people did crossword puzzles, the better they did on attention, memory and reasoning tests. Researchers said daily crossword addicts had brain function equivalent to 10 years younger than their age when it came to short-term accuracy and grammatical reasoning speed tests.

Researchers are quick to point out the online study merely shows a link. They can’t say for sure crosswords give you a sharper brain until they do a clinical trial.


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