Mediterranean diet improves cognitive function

In my newest book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions, I have two chapters on brain health where I discuss the MIND and Mediterranean diets and their impact of preventing or delaying dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Now we have another study showing the same.

Helio is reporting on a new study in the journal Neurology showing that greater adherence to a Mediterranean diet helps improve memory performance and reduce shrinkage in the brain.

Better yet, this nutrition plan “protects the brain from build-up of amyloid and tau proteins that may cause memory loss and dementia” and are the proteins associated with Alzheimer’s.

“Our study suggests that eating a diet that’s high in unsaturated fats, fish, fruits and vegetables and low in dairy and red meat may actually protect your brain from the protein build-up that can lead to memory loss and dementia,” Tommaso Ballarini, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, said in a press release announcing the study’s findings.

“These results add to the body of evidence that shows what you eat may influence your memory skills later on.”

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2 Responses to Mediterranean diet improves cognitive function

  1. Helen Fleischmann says:

    Great information.
    Thank you Dr. Walt.

  2. You’re welcome! I think it’s good news, indeed. And, don’t we need more of that!?!?

    Dr. Walt

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