Mediterranean Diet Linked to a Healthier Brain
The Mediterranean diet was always the "trend" that sounded less like a diet, but more like an afternoon sitting by the sea with a glass of wine, and a bowl of plump olives. The people in this region by the sea, thrive off of rich, fragrant olive oil, fruits, vegetables, and fish which studies are showing to be beneficial to aging brain health.
A Columbia University study performed on healthy elderly participants showed a reduction in mild cognitive impairment, as well as higher brain volume. The reduced consumption of red meat, and dairy is linked to lower cholesterol, and stable blood sugar levels which in turn reduces inflammation, and cancer risk. The Mediterranean diet includes luxurious olive oils, and nuts which have been shown to improve memory, thus lowering the risk of Alzheimer's disease according to a Spanish study. Dietary fat is important for the absorption of certain vitamins, and minerals, however trans-fat, and consumption of animal based saturated fats is suggested to increase the likelihood of developing dementia. Transitioning to this lifestyle is easy, and delicious. Mainly plant based with the exception of fish, and moderate dairy, the focus is on whole grains, colorful fruits, and vegetables. The beauty of going Mediterranean is that it isn't restrictive, and is easy to maintain. As with any change in diet, it is important to check with your doctor to find out if there are any limitations or modifications that should be made. Until there is a cure for Alzheimer's disease, and dementia, adopting healthy eating habits is a crucial step in the right direction.