The Mediterranean diet is healthy for your brain

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Jan 17 2017 - 11:22pm
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Researchers have found there is a positive effect on brain volume from the Mediterranean diet.

There has been a growing awareness of the positive impact of good nutrition on brain health. Researchers have recently discovered that there is a positive effect on the health of the brain from the Mediterranean diet.

Older adults who adhered closely to a Mediterranean diet maintained a greater amount of brain volume

There is increasing evidence that the Mediterranean diet has a positive effect on brain health according to a new study reports Bioscience. In this study which was led by University of Edinburgh researchers it was discovered that older adults who adhered closely to a Mediterranean diet maintained a greater amount of brain volume over a period of three years than those who did not adhere to this diet.

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The Mediterranean diet is made up of fish and dairy, large amounts of beans, fruits, vegetables, grains, and olive oil, and moderate amounts of wine

The typical Mediterranean diet is made up of fish and dairy, large amounts of beans, fruits, vegetables, grains, and olive oil, and moderate amounts of wine. The dietary habits of 967 healthy Scots who were around 70 years old were evaluated. There were MRI brain scans done on 562 participants who were an average age of 72 years old. 401 of the participants had a second MRI three years later.

The Mediterranean diet had an effect on the brain that was actually half the size of that which is caused by normal aging

Those participants who followed the Mediterranean diet more closely were more likely to not have as much loss of total brain volume over the course of three years as the others. There was an effect on the brain from the Mediterranean diet that was actually half the size of that which is caused by normal aging.

Contrary to findings from earlier research it was found that there as not a link between eating meat and fish and brain changes. Study author Michelle Luciano, Ph.D., of the University of Edinburgh, has said it is possible the positive relationship is due to other components of the Mediterranean diet. It's also possible all of the components in combination were responsible for this relationship.

This study has been published in the journal Neurology. It was observed by researchers that lower adherence to the Mediterranean diet in elderly Scots is predictive of total atrophy of the brain over 3 years. It is exciting that the tasty Mediterranean diet may actually be able to provide long-term protection for the brain.

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