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Mediterranean Diet is Brain Food

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 12:03 AM

Now here’s some food for thought – literally.
A new study published in the Archives of Neurology has found the Mediterranean diet is not only good for your heart, but also your brain.
Researchers found that a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains, nuts, olive oil and a moderate amount of alcohol — with limited red meat, sweets and refined grains — might protect against blood-vessel damage in the brain, reducing the risks of stroke and memory loss.
Scientists from the University of Miami and Columbia University in New York analyzed food surveys of nearly 1,000 people. They found those who most closely followed a Mediterranean-style diet had lowest amounts of brain lesions – called “white-matter hyperintensities” -- that indicate damage to small blood vessels.
The damaged blood vessels can cause small strokes with no symptoms that can effect cognitive performance.
"The current study suggests a possible protective association between increased consumption of a [Mediterranean diet] and small vessel damage," wrote the researchers.

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