Mediterranean diet could be better for brain health
- September 6, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Dementia
A new review has concluded that a Mediterranean diet is good for brain health, finding that people who follow the diet are less likely to experience cognitive decline and develop Alzheimer’s disease.
The Mediterranean diet consists of a high intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. It also limits consumption of red meat and replaces butter with healthy fats like olive oil.
Fish or poultry are recommended at least twice a week and using herbs and spices rather than salt to flavor food is preferred.
Overall, the review revealed that participants who stuck to the Mediterranean diet well had less cognitive decline, experienced improvements in cognitive function, or were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, compared with those who had not followed the regime as well.
Lead author Roy Hardman, from the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University of Technology said: “I would therefore recommend people to try to adhere or switch to a Mediterranean diet, even at an older age.”