Mediterranean diet helps prevent dementia
The plant-based Mediterranean diet is linked to lower risk of heart attacks, stroke, childhood asthma and cancer, and some experts believe is also the best diet to lower your risk of mental decline.
“Diet is an important modifiable activity that could help in preserving cognitive functioning in late life. Exercise, avoiding obesity and not smoking cigarettes are also important”
Study author Dr. Georgios Tsivgoulis, with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Athens, Greece.
What did the largest study to date on the effects of a plant-based-wholefood-diet-rich-in-healthy-fats show?
- Those who most consistently ate a Mediterranean diet were 13% less likely to develop memory and thinking problems
- Healthy participants who ate more olive oil, omega-3 fatty acids and avoided red meats, dairy and cheese were 19% less likely to have cognitive problems
Study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Athens, Greece, as published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The 17,478 participants were part of the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. As reported by Time Magazine on May 1, 2013.