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We all know that following a Mediterranean diet is healthy for our hearts and can lead to a trimmer body. As if that’s not enough reason enough to eat more Mediterranean food, a Mediterranean diet can also help prevent brain damage linked to memory problems and strokes.
A study which was presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 62nd Annual Meeting, showed that people who followed a Mediterranean-like diet were less likely to suffer brain tissue damage.
The diets of 712 people were studied and scrutinized. They were separated into groups that were based on how closely participants followed the diet. MRI brain scans showed that 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. That’s huge.
Experts point out that these findings beautifully back up and support previous research which taught us that the Mediterranean diet could be associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and lengthen the lives of people with Alzheimer’s.
The Mediterranean diet has been proven (not just suggested… proven) to help prevent heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, heart attacks and, now, apparently brain disease. This type of eating should be adopted, today and every day for the rest of our lives.
Just what is a Mediterranean Diet?
A Mediterranean diet involves a very high intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, cereals, fish and monounsaturated fatty acids.
The foods that a Mediterranean diet discourages: Saturated fatty acids, dairy, meat and poultry. A lot of it comes down to eating foods that are as close to their natural state as possible – more fresh produce and lots of it. Look for fresh ways to cook asparagus, artichokes, and broccoli. Add tomatoes, peppers,onions, and cucumbers to salads, soups, and pasta dishes. Replace meat with combinations of vegetables.
For more information on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet as well as a ton of recipe ideas and a more detailed description of the foods in the Mediterranean diet, please click the following link: How to Follow a Mediterranean Diet.
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