Salmon Anyone? Mediterranean Diet Shown to Preserve Brain Function

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Back in March, we blogged about a new study that found those that the people eating the Mediterranean diets had reduced stroke and other cardiovascular diseases by about 30 percent compared to low-fat dieters.

Now there’s even more good news about about the Mediterranean diet β€” a new study found the Mediterranean diet was significantly better than a low-fat diet in preserving brain function.

In a study published by the Journal of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, researchers took a group of about 522 men and women between the ages of 55 and 80 who did not have heart disease, but were at a higher risk, and broke them into three groups.

Group 1: Ate a Mediterranean diet with extra virgin olive oil.

Group 2: Ate Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts

Group 3: Ate a low fat diet

After 6 1/2 years, participants’ cognitive functions (language skills, memory, abstract thinking, etc.) were tested. The Results – Group 1 and Group 2, which were different versions of a Mediterranean diet, scored significantly higher.

So what IS the Mediterranean Diet? In short this lifestyle is based on diet with fish & seafood, fruits & veggies, nuts, legumes, and olive oil, while enjoying yogurt, eggs, and cheese in moderation. What you won’t find much of β€”is red meat, sugar, and saturated fat.

Check out this pyramid from for a great break down.


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