According to a new study led by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, following a mediterranean-style diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, olive oil and fish and low in meat, may help protect aging brain.The study included 4,000 adults, aged 65 and older, whose cognitive and thinking skills were examined every three years over a 15-year period through a series of tests. Those who scored highest in following a Mediterranean diet were least likely to suffer cognitive decline, the study authors found. Quite interesting!
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There are so many benefits to the mediterranean diet! Cardiac health, increasing total longevity, protection from diverticulosis and diverticulitis...the list goes on :).
In the United States, I would caution people to be careful about the products they select for their "Mediterranean" diet. For instance, olive oil should be COLD PRESSED. The heat treated oils no longer have the molecular structure of the most of the olive oils found in the mediterranean reigons. In addition, watch the fish you eat here - high levels of mercury in fish can be dangerous if the fish is off the coasts of heavily industrialized areas like Japan.