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April 2016 Issue

Mediterranean Diet Protects Aging Brain

According to a new study from Neurology, close adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet was associated with less brain atrophy, with an effect similar to five less years of aging. Researchers evaluated the eating habit surveys and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) brain scans of 674 elderly individuals with an average age of 80 years. Those who reported eating habits that resembled a Mediterranean-style diet, with a focus on fish, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and olive oil, had a larger total brain volume and more grey and white matter than people who didn’t regularly follow many aspects of the Mediterranean diet. Higher fish intake and eating less meat also were associated with larger total brain volume.

Neurology, November 2015