Mediterranean Diet Might Reduce Brain Damage, Researchers Suggest
Researchers noted that patients following the Mediterranean diet appeared to protect the brain.
Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently concluded that a Mediterranean-style diet might reduce damage to small blood vessels in the brain. Previous research found that following the diet was associated with other health benefits, such as reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, stroke and memory disorders.
The Miami researchers analyzed how closely participants followed the diet, looked at MRI brain scans and made adjustments for other risk factors. They noted what appeared to be a protective association. Another expert said that the study supports the idea that a healthy diet is good for the brain.
“The Mediterranean diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans along with moderate amounts of fish and poultry,” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new books TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH) and The TurboCharged Mind (January 2012, BSH). “ Red meat is eaten sparingly and red wine in moderation is optional.”
“Compared to a typical western or standard American diet, which is built around refined, processed, manmade and fast foods, any diet that includes more natural foods will be an improvement,” adds Dian. “For optimal health and ideal body composition, there are improvements that can be made even to the much-touted Mediterranean-style diet.”
“Eliminating or severely restricting all manmade foods and focusing on a wide variety of whole fresh foods as delivered by Mother Nature is the ultimate diet and will deliver the best health,” says Tom. “Even the researchers in this study concluded that it is most likely overall diet that is the key to brain and overall health.”
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