The Mediterranean diet has been shown to lower the risk of age-associated diseases – most notably, heart disease. Iliana Lourida, from the University of Exeter (United Kingdom), and colleagues completed a meta-review of 12 clinical studies that involved the Mediterranean diet. The team found that subjects who most closely adhered to a Mediterranean diet showed better cognitive function and lower rates of cognitive decline. Also, those participants who consumed the Mediterranean diet will have reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Lourida I, Soni M, Thompson-Coon J, Purandare N, Lang IA, Ukoumunne OC, Llewellyn DJ. “Mediterranean diet, cognitive function, and dementia: a systematic review.” Epidemiology. 2013 Jul;24(4):479-89.
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