In this study the subjects brain volume was measured, and compared over a three year period. Those who closely followed the principles of the Mediterranean diet retained more of their original brain volume over the three-year period. This study of nearly 1,000 Scottish people, on average seventy years of age, was published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Study author M. Luciano, PhD, of the U. of Edinburgh states,”As we age, the brain shrinks and we lose brain cells which can affect learning and memory. This study adds to the body of evidence that suggests the Mediterranean diet has a positive impact on brain health.”
Luciano noted that earlier studies looked at brain measurements at one point in time, whereas the current study followed people over time. “Larger studies are needed to confirm these results,” he says and also observes that, ” It’s possible that other components of the Mediterranean diet are responsible for this relationship, or that it’s due to all of the components in combination”.
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