A Mediterranean Diet May Help Your Brain

A new study found a correlation between eating a Mediterranean diet and lower risk of brain damage. A Mediterranean diet is made up of mostly vegetables, legumes, fruits, fish and monounsaturated fatty acids like olive oil with moderate amounts of alcohol.

The study ran for six years and showed that the participants who most closely followed a Mediterranean diet were 36% less likely to have areas of the brain with damage compared to the participants who least followed a Mediterranean diet.

The studies author Nikolaos Scameas, MD from Columbia University Medical Center in New York pointed out that previous research has showed that a Mediterranean diet may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as well or extend the life of someone with the disease.

The study was supported by the National Institute of Health and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Toronto this April.

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4 Responses to “A Mediterranean Diet May Help Your Brain”

  1. I feel like each week brings a new reason to eat a Mediterranean diet. It seems like it’s linked to preventing a gazillion diseases. I’m pretty much sold on it!

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  2. Thanks for the comment Tracey.

    I enjoy reading your blog. I’m glad your knees are feeling better.

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  3. I also thinks that Mediterranean diet is healthy. I agree that it’s preventing gazillion diseases also.

  4. Hi Mike and Amila,

    I have heard so many positive things about eating a Mediterranean diet, about its health benefits and how it wards off all kinds of diseases. I was toying with this diet and a vegan or vegetarian diet. I just read, “Eat to Live”, which a friend of mine recommended, and it talks about how you should cut even olive oil out of your diet. It mostly raw fruits and veggies. I am a natural born carnivore, so the vegan diet looks a bit extreme, but I’m willing to try it.

    The reason I was looking at a dietary change is because I just came off six months of chemo, and I’ve heard that diet can play a big part in reducing health risks. Before this, I was totally not interested in diet and health, but now I’m trying to learn what works best.

    In terms of comparing the two, am I looking at apples and oranges, or is there some compromise between the two….in your opinion?