Posted by: 4pack | February 11, 2010

“Ideal Diet”: Mediterranean Diet Is Shown To Benefit Brain Health In Recent Medical Studies

LOVING THIS POST…HEART HEALTH AND NOW BRAIN HEALTH STUDIES SHOW THE BENEFITS OF A MEDITERRANEAN DIET…GIVE ME REASONS AND THE CHOICE IS EASY…..

Following a Mediterranean diet may do more than trim pounds — it could help prevent brain damage linked to memory problems and strokes.

In a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 62nd Annual Meeting, people who followed a Mediterranean-like diet were less likely to suffer brain tissue damage.

The diets of 712 people were assessed and separated into groups based on how closely participants followed the diet. MRI brain scans show those following the Mediterranean diet the closest were 36 percent less likely to have areas of tissue damage than those following the diet the least closely.

Researchers say these findings support previous research that shows the Mediterranean diet could be associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and lengthen the lives of people with Alzheimer’s.

“From this type of observational study, we cannot give recommendations to the population because we don’t know whether it is a cause and effect type of association between the diet and brain health,” study author Nikolaos Scarmeas, M.D., of Columbia University Medical Center in New York, N.Y., told Ivanhoe. “But it makes sense to follow this diet because it has been proven to help with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, heart attacks and, now, maybe brain disease, too.”

A Mediterranean diet includes a high intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, cereals, fish and monounsaturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids, dairy, meat and poultry are discouraged.

http://www.ivanhoe.com/channels/p_channelstory.cfm?storyid=23526

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