Study says Mediterranean meal helps brain recover
A Mediterranean diet, comprising fruits, vegetables, olive oil and fish, may help older adults to retain more brain volume, researchers have found. The also includes beans and cereal grains such as wheat and rice, moderate amounts of fish, dairy and wine and limited red meat and poultry. “As we age, the brain shrinks and we lose brain cells which can affect learning and memory. This study adds to the body of evidence that suggests the Mediterranean diet has a positive impact on brain health,” said Michelle Luciano from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In addition, consuming fish and meat were not related to brain changes, they said. This is contrary to earlier studies.” It’s possible that other components of the diet are responsible for this relationship or that it’s due to all of the components in combination,” Luciano said.
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