Recent studies have revealed that the Mediterranean diet improves brain health by preventing the onset of degenerative brain disorders.
The specialists explain that age is always the primary factor influencing the loss of brain volume. Along with this loss, the brain cells die, and the seniors become more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Fortunately, a group of experts from Scotland discovered that the Mediterranean diet could prevent brain loss in older people. During the latest study, the researchers analyzed 562 participants over 70 years old.
Besides monitoring their dietary habits, the experts used brain scans to check the brain health of the participants and established that none of them had dementia. The Mediterranean diet is rich olive oil, nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, dairy, and wine.
Also, it can include a small intake of poultry and red meat. Previous studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet is not just healthy but more effective than low-calorie diets. Many women who followed this diet achieved a thinner waistline in a short notice.
In the latest study, the participants were monitored for three years. They had another brain scan at the end of the research so that the scientists could observe the brain changes which occurred over the past three years.
Based on the findings, the researchers established that rate of brain shrinkage in the participants in the Mediterranean diet group was cut in half, whereas the brain loss rate remained constant in the other group.
Besides its benefits on the brain health, this diet reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack, and premature death. Also, people with high cholesterol levels, metabolic problems, and hypertension reported feeling better after consuming Mediterranean foods for a certain period.
The specialists underline that the study doesn’t point to a simple association between these dietary patterns and the reduction of brain shrinkage. Instead, it reveals that these positive rates are the results of the Mediterranean diet.
Another group of experts analyzed over 10,000 women three years ago and discovered that those in the Mediterranean diet group had a 40 percent higher chance of living more than 70 years without developing mental, physical, and chronic illnesses. The women involved in the study were between 50 and 70 years old.