Improving our memory and slowing down cognitive decline may seem like a complicated matter. However, a new research shows that achieving these can be possible by simply following the Mediterranean diet.
As stated in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, the people who followed the Mediterranean diet, which consists of plant foods, experienced a reduced conversion to Alzheimer’s, slowed rates of cognitive decline and an improvement in their cognitive function. Experts cite that these foods include leafy greens, fresh fruit and vegetables, cereals, beans, seeds, nuts, and legumes. The diet, also known as the MedDiet uses olive oil as the main source of fat and is low in dairy and red meat.
Researchers from the Center for Human Psychopharmacology Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne Australia analyzed previous research about the diet published between 2000 and 2015. They found that all people across the globe experienced the same benefits with the Mediterranean diet.
The people who follow this diet experience these benefits because of its opportunity to change some of the risk factors that are associated with health problems. These effects were not limited to older people. The diet also improved cognitive function among young people.
“These include reducing inflammatory responses, increasing micronutrients, improving vitamin and mineral imbalances, changing lipid profiles by using olive oils as the main source of dietary fats, maintaining weight and potentially reducing obesity, improving polyphenols in the blood, improving cellular energy metabolism and maybe changing the gut micro-biota, although this has not been examined to a larger extent yet,” points out the study’s lead author, Roy Hardman, from the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne Australia.
The research team says that their study shows how diet is crucial in maintaining one’s quality of life. They suggest following the Mediterranean diet to also enjoy the same benefits.