The Los Angeles Times “Boosters Shot” blog reports that a Mediterranean-style diet may “be associated with a decreased chance of small vessel damage in the brain. The diet … includes little red meat but lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, lean proteins, whole grains and healthy monosaturated fats from olive oil and nuts.”
Researchers arrived at that conclusion after tracking “the brain health of almost a thousand people who completed a questionnaire that scored how closely they followed a Mediterranean-type regimen.”
What’s more, magnetic resonance imaging scans of the brain “revealed a lower burden of white matter hyperintensities in people with higher Mediterranean-diet scores, even after researchers took other risk factors like smoking, high blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels into account.”
“Eating a Mediterranean diet has already been linked to a lower risk of what’s called the metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, and dementia,” WebMD points out.