(NaturalNews) A new study has provided evidence that the so-called “Mediterranean diet” can help prevent the loss of brain volume in older people.
The three-year study, published January 4 in the journal Neurology, found that a diet heavy on olive oil, fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains, with moderate amounts of fish, wine and dairy, and small amounts of red meat and poultry, helped those around the age of 70 to retain more brain volume compared to those who did not strictly adhere to the Mediterranean diet.
Lead author Michelle Luciano, PhD, of the University of Edinburgh, said:
“As we age, the brain shrinks and we lose brain cells which can affect learning and memory. This study adds to the body of evidence that suggests the Mediterranean diet has a positive impact on brain health.”