The Right Diet May Boost Brain Health

What you eat may help protect your brain from disease and keep your memory sharp.

mediterraneanResearch has shown for some time that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. The Mediterranean diet is abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans, lentils) and olive oil. It features fish and poultry—lean sources of protein—over red meat, which contains more saturated fat.

And studies have also shown that what’s good for the heart is good for the brain. So it should follow that a heart-healthy diet is also good for your brain.

In fact, a new Spanish study published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine found that adding additional helpings of extra-virgin olive oil and nuts to the already brain-healthy Mediterranean diet can help protect your memory and thinking skills.

Researchers found that the subjects who added nuts to their diets improved their memory, whereas those who used extra-virgin olive oil improved executive function—the ability to organize thoughts—and overall thinking skills. Memories were worse in subjects who were kept on a low-fat diet.

The Spanish researchers think that it is the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents in the Mediterranean diet that help protect the brain. In addition, extra-virgin olive oil and nuts are especially rich in compounds that seem to increase blood flow to the brain and stimulation of new brain neurons.

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