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Mediterranean Diets Benefit the Brain

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,

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A heart-healthy diet might help keep your brain from shrinking as you age. In a study of more than 500 people around age 70, those who more closely followed the Mediterranean diet had less brain shrinkage after three years. The eating plan includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beans, and whole grains such as oats and barley; moderate amounts of fish, dairy, and wine; and less red meat and poultry. The benefits remained after researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect brain volume, such as age, education, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Source: Neurology, published online Jan. 4, 2017



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