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Mediterranean Diet Is Best For The Aging Brain – Study

May 20, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers in Spain who studied the long term impact of different dietary patterns on older adults found that, after 6.5 years, a Mediterranean diet had the most positive impact on higher brain functions, including orientation, memory, and language. The study followed 522 men and women aged 55 to 80 without cardiovascular disease, but at high vascular risk because of underlying disease/conditions. A control group ate a low-fat diet usually recommended  to prevent heart attack and stroke. The most beneficial diet was found to include olive oil, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and pulses, almost no red meat or dairy, and some red wine.
E. H. Martinez-Lapiscina et al., "Mediterranean diet improves cognition: the PREDIMED-NAVARRA randomized trial", Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, May 20, 2013, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
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