Dementia and the Mediterranean Diet
It has long been reported that a diet consisting of foods typically associated with the Mediterranean provide health benefits. These meals have been said to strengthen bones, reduce the risk of diabetes, and improve the health of the heart. If this wasn’t enough, research now suggests it reduces the risk of dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Association found that healthy older adults who adopted a mediterranean dietary regime lowered their risk of dementia by a third. The healthy plant based diet correlates with lower risk of cognitive function as one ages (by about 30-35%). Speaking with CNN, Rudolph Tanzi, who directs the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital stated that there are four main factors that influence the activity genes; diet, exercise, sleep, and stress.
Why the diet might reduce the risk of dementia
The Alzheimers Society UK argues that the high level of anti-oxidants from the high intake of fruits and vegetables may help to protect against the damage to brain cells associated with Alzheimer’s disease, along with increasing the level of proteins in the brain that protects it from further damage. There are also indicators that the diet reduces signs of inflammation within the brain.