A new study has confirmed that eating the famed Mediterranean diet has a significant positive impact on brain health. This diet includes large amounts of fruits, vegetables, olive oil and whole grains. Protein is supplied by moderate portions of fish plus occasional meat or poultry… and a glass of wine here and there. Most of what you are getting are natural foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients. The study has shown that it can actually reduce the loss of brain cells – something that occurs in most people as they get older. More than 400 people in their 70’s participated in the research project which showed that the brains of those who stuck to a Mediterranean-style diet retained significantly more brain cells over a period of three years.
Further analysis of the data showed that adding more fish rather than meat did not have a significant effect on brain cell loss. It was the other natural parts of the diet that made the difference. Michelle Luciano of the University of Edinburgh led the study, and she explained: “As we age, the brain shrinks and we lose cells, which can affect learning and memory. This study adds to the body of evidence that suggests that the Mediterranean diet has a positive impact on brain health.”