New research looking at people following the Mediterranean diet has been conducted and the results are suggesting that the diet may be able to slow the effects of aging on the brain.
Researchers looked at 684 people with an average age of 80. They were split into two groups: one that followed the Mediterranean diet very closely and another group who did not. At the end of the study, those participants following the Mediterranean diet had a difference in average brain size of 13.11 ml, the equivalent of 5 years of aging. Brains tend to shrink as we age, but those who adhered to the Mediterranean diet had larger brain volumes over time compared to those not on the diet.
Other advantages of the Mediterranean Diet include:
- Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s
- Reduced risk of breast cancer
- Halving the risk of heart disease
More research is being done to verify the how and why of what makes the Mediterranean diet beneficial.
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LA Times “Mediterranean diet may slow aging’s effect on brain” – Deborah Netburn