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Mediterranean Diet Helps Preserve Brain Volume

By jeremyc | January 5, 2017

A lot of research has been done in recent past about health benefits of Mediterranean diet, and much of it has yielded positive results. While some studies have shown such a diet to be beneficial against diabetes and heart disease, others have claimed it helps preserve both mental and physical health in elderly. Now latest research suggests a Mediterranean diet is helpful in preserving brain volume in elderly.

The conventional Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, olive oil, and whole grains. It consists of moderate amounts of fish, wine, and diary. A limited amount of red meat is also included in such a diet.

Research on health benefits of Mediterranean diet ranges from randomised trials to observational studies. It shows the diet to lower the risk of obesity and diabetes type 2, as well as help prevent heart disease. Some studies, on the other hand, hints the diet has the ability to help maintain physical and mental health in elderly and lower the risk of premature death.

In this study, the researchers looked at how the Mediterranean diet affects brain health in older adults.

The researchers found that elderly adults who didn’t closely follow the Mediterranean diet recorded a 0.5 greater reduction in the brain volume in comparison to those who showed good adherence to this diet.

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