According to a new study traditional Mediterranean foods and dishes inspired by them could lower you risk for dementia. The study found that these foods interfere with the buildup of amyloid and tau proteins which turn into the plaques and tangles that are clear hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the study authors the evidence that “you are what you eat” when it comes to brain health continues to pile up. This study is important because it demonstrated you can improve cognitive function, specifically memory. But it also demonstrated a measurable reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
In the study participants reduced brain aging by one whole year for each point of compliance in the diet plan. The evidence was striking and showed researchers that people can direct control of their brain health according to what they eat.
The Mediterranean diet is simple. It consists of plant-based cooking. The focus of meals is on fruits and vegetables, beans, seeds and whole grains. With some nuts and a lot of extra-virgin olive oil. Other fats besides olive oil are rare. And there is little to no refined sugar or flour.
Meat only makes rare appearances. Usually to flavor dishes. Meals do often include eggs, diary and poultry. But the portions are much smaller than those typical in the west.
Fish, however, is a staple with its brain healthy Omega-3s.