Health, The Good Life
A new study is yet another endorsement for the so-called Mediterranean diet.
It finds the eating regimen — rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil — may help the brain stay sharp well into old age.
Researchers at Columbia University found following the healthy diet reduced the risk of getting mild cognitive impairment — marked by forgetfulness and a difficulty concentrating.
They also say the diet cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in people who already suffer those symptoms.
The scientists found that those who partly followed the diet were 17% less likely to develop problems than those who didn’t. And people who were religious about eating Mediterranean were at 28% less risk.
They aren’t sure why it works, but they say the more you follow the diet the better the outcome. And they all agree: Until more evidence is in, there are plenty of other reasons to follow the Mediterranean diet, including heart health, and cutting the risk of other diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s.