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Mediterranean Diet May Help Ward Off Dementia

February 17, 2010 by  

Mediterranean diet may help ward off dementiaA new study has suggested that consuming a Mediterranean diet may help lower the risk of developing small areas of brain damage that can lead to thinking and memory problems.

Researchers found that people who strictly followed a Mediterranean diet, which includes a high intake of vegetables, legumes, fish and monounsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil, as well as a low intake of dairy products, meat and poultry, were less likely to have brain infarcts, which are small areas of dead tissue linked to impaired cognitive function.

In the study, more than 700 participants were separated into three groups based on how closely they were following the Mediterranean diet. After six years, MRI brain scans were conducted, finding that 238 subjects had at least one area of brain damage.

The researchers discovered that respondents who most closely followed the diet were 36 percent less likely to have brain infarcts than were those who rarely followed the diet.

"In this study, not eating a Mediterranean-like diet had about the same effect on the brain as having high blood pressure," concluded study author Nikolaos Scarmeas of the Columbia University Medical Center.

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  • s c

    People who live in the Mediterranean have the advantage of knowing whether or not a cultural diet can make a positive difference. They didn’t have to wait for an FDA-like group to yank its head out of wherever it is currently jammed. They didn’t have to beg ‘scientists’ to care. They didn’t have to borrow money or ‘donate’ to get answers.
    Here, Americans are expected to endure the great cholesterol/fat lie. If the Mediterranean diet is coincidentally good or if it is THE best diet it matters not. IF IT WORKS AND IF IT HELPS, USE IT!
    Besides, any diet that lets people take fewer prescription drugs is a healthy advance that must be protected (unlike here, where MDs want us to equate taking handfuls of expensive prescription pills with being “healthy”).

    • Victor L Barney

      Right on, sounds quite reasonable to me!

      • DRobert Roenbaugh

        common sense and having a happy mind makes for good health, So many unhappy with how they are living with whom,and work takes its toll on the mind and well being, When stressed one often over eats, drinks, has lack of sleep and good rest, That helps to create problems and the taking of pills to overcome the problems, Each of us need to watch ourselves go by and in so doing will know the problems amen

  • R. Ray Morford

    My Doctor is removing prescription drugs from my use because of all the toxic build-up in my system. When ever possible, natural herbs and supplements is the way to go. The Mediterranian is very close to perfect.

  • symptoms of dementia

    What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimers? what is the difference? I think my father may be suffering one of these? does anyone know the warning signs? thanks


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