It seems like the Mediterranean diet has all the bases covered - heart health, bone health, and, according to a new study, brain boosting properties for seniors.
The now world-famous Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, improve bone health, and even improve our overall quality of life by increasing well-being and staving off illnesses.
Eat your nuts!
It’s time to chalk another one up for this plant-rich diet, though, because a new study released by Spain’s University of Navarra shows that the Mediterranean diet may also help boost the brain power in seniors. More than 520 men and women considered to have a high risk of cardiovascular disease and between the ages of 55 and 80 were chosen for the study. They were assigned three different diets—either a Mediterranean diet with added olive oil, a Mediterranean diet with added rich nuts, or a low-fat diet.
After about six and a half years, the three groups were tested for signs of cognitive impairment. Overall, 60 of the text participants showed signs of impairment; 23 in the group adhering to the low-fat diet, 18 on the diet with added olive oil and 19 on the diet with added nuts.
A further 35 participants had developed dementia; 17 on the low-fat diet, 12 on the diet with added olive oil, and six on the diet with added nuts.
What is the Mediterranean diet?
The Mediterranean diet is high in a variety of vegetables and fruits, beans, whole grains, and nuts. It also includes moderate amounts of dairy products, eggs, fish, and poultry. Olives and olive oil are a main source of fat in this diet, and it is low in saturated fats and red meats.
This type of diet generally uses seasonal fruits and vegetables; any foods that are fresh, as opposed to foods that have been processed.
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