The Mediterranean diet may be the key to live not only longer, but also healthier, with a sharp mind until an advanced age. While this research indicates that there is a certain link between having a Mediterranean diet and an increased brain volume in healthier senior citizens, neurologists do not know yet if this specific eating plan decreases mental affections’ risk.
All results, published in the US publications for neurology, affirm that individuals who have a Mediterranean diet at an advanced age had a slightly bigger brain than older participants who did not consume these foods. Such conclusions are interesting, as they bring the chance that individuals can possibly prevent mind degeneration and the negative effects of old aging on their brain by just following a proper and balanced diet.
This type of nutrition is basically rich in organic foods, like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains nuts, as along with monounsaturated oils like extra virgin oil and different species of fish. Herbs and are typically used to make meals tastier, instead of cooking salt. This scale of differences in brain capacity between these groups of subjects is like that between regular people having 10 years difference in age.
The Mediterranean eating system is a lifestyle in its own way and the regular age of individuals consuming it was over, with an improvement of their brain capacity of around 10 years compared to those who do not follow it. In this new study, US scientists targeted seniors without intellectual problems to see if their nutritional plan can also be linked to the atrophy of nerves or brain tissues because of older age. They asked all members to answer to their survey regarding their diet and what they have eaten during previous months, besides taking tests that evaluated their mental capacities.
Following the Mediterranean-style, a correct eating plan can protect against mental affections, according to experts. People who responded that they were following a diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits and seafood, including different types of polyunsaturated fats such as olive oil, had healthier and more active minds. Opposed to them, there were people who said that they were having an eating plan with food rich in milk and fat meats, while having a lower intake of fruits and vegetables. They also consumed little meat, chicken, milk products and fatty acids, in addition to mild alcohol consumption.
Fish represents the key in this research’s results. One team involved people who followed over four elements of the Mediterranean diet plan, while another group had individuals whose eating plan did not follow this type of diet. The latest research to analyze its benefits show that following this diet could delay brain atrophy during our older years. Previous tests have noticed that a larger brain size, also named less brain atrophy, is associated with better skills and fewer risks of suffering of Alzheimer’s disease. The geriatric specialists said that this research adds to an increasing body of proving showing that a correct eating plan can have significant effect on our mind’s health.
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