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Mediterranean Diet Boosts Brain Power

Mediterranean Diet Boosts Brain PowerAlthough the benefits of a particular form of diet often play out as hype, ongoing studies of the Mediterranean diet appear to show results that are the real deal.

A current study of older adults called the Chicago Health and Aging Project suggest that adherence to the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of cognitive decline with older age.

“This diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, fish, olive oil, lower meat consumption, and moderate wine and non-refined grain intake,” said lead author Dr. Christy Tangney of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

“Instead of espousing avoidance of foods, the data support that adults over age 65 should look to include more olive oil, legumes, nuts, and seeds in their diet in order to improve their recall times and other cognitive skills, such as identifying symbols and numbers.”

The nearly 4,000 participants in this study included black and white adults aged 65 and older. They were given a battery of cognitive tests which were assigned scores and then a clinical interview.

Those who ranked in the highest in terms of following such a Mediterranean-type diet were more protected from cognitive decline. The adults were given these cognitive tests every 3 years for 15 years.

“Finally, we want older adults to remember that physical activity is an important part of maintaining cognitive skills,” added Tangney.

Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Mediterranean Diet Boosts Brain Power

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Mediterranean Diet Boosts Brain Power. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/04/28/mediterranean-diet-boosts-brain-power/13252.html

 

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