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Eat Mediterranean for Your Brain

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Friday, 03 August 2018 09:32 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation of the book "Jaws," when the police chief of Amity Island, Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), gets his first look at the massive great white predator, he turns to bounty hunter Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) and says, "I think we're gonna need a bigger boat."

The same idea applies for anyone trying to reel in the mass of information that's all around us these days. It's safe to say, you're gonna need a bigger brain.

Fortunately, there's a really tasty and safe way to make sure you have the thinking power you need to manage the oversize packets of data that stream onto your computer daily. And here's a sensible way to get it.

A recent study from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands has shown that people who eat foods similar to what you get from the Mediterranean diet — fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats from fish and little or no red meats, saturated fats, or sugary beverages — have larger overall brain volume and more gray and white matter.

That translates to more nerve density and a bigger hippocampus, which is the seat of emotions, memory, and the autonomic nervous system, which controls everything from your heartbeat and breathing to digestion.

So if you don't want to get swallowed by the rising tide of today's information overload, make sure you get the nutritional power you need to run your bigger brain boat.

You'll end up with more great white (and gray) matter between your ears.

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