A Mediterranean diet may help to stave off Alzheimer’s disease

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A Mediterranean diet has long been associated with good heart health; a growing amount of studies support this notion. However, what is good for the heart may also be good for the brain; that is, a Mediterranean diet may help to stave off Alzheimer’s disease. According to findings published online in Archives of Neurology, 2000 dementia free individuals 65 and older who ate a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and omega-3 fatty acids were 38% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s during a four year follow-up. “Our findings provide support for further exploration of food combination-based dietary behavior for the prevention of this important public health problem,” wrote Nikolaos Scarmeas, MD, of Columbia University in New York City, and colleagues. While more research is warranted no harm can come from a Mediterranean-style diet. “In any event, the diets do no harm and may have some benefits, hence their frequent recommendation by physicians,” Samuel Gandy, MD, PhD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, wrote. Click here to read an article from ABC News that discusses this study more.

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