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Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet

January 17, 2017
Delicious  portion of fresh salmon fillet  with aromatic herbs, spices and vegetables - healthy food, diet or cooking concept

Delicious portion of fresh salmon fillet with aromatic herbs, spices and vegetables – healthy food, diet or cooking concept

The study looked at a group of 562 Scots in their 70s over a three-year period. Those whose eating habits resembled the diet experienced, on average, half the brain shrinkage that was normal for the group. (Jan. 5, 2017)

The aging brain is a shrinking brain, and a shrinking brain is, generally speaking, a brain whose performance and reaction time are declining: That is a harsh reality of growing older.

But new research shows that brain shrinkage is less pronounced in older folks whose diets hew closely to the traditional diet of Mediterranean peoples — including lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and olive oil, little red meat and poultry, and regular, moderate consumption of fish and red wine.

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