Eating a Mediterranean diet reduces brain shrinkage and prolongs brain health by five years says a study

A study published in the American Journal of Neurology (Oct 2015) on 674 subjects has found that adherence to a mediterranean diet can reduce brain atrophy by up to 5 years. The diet which had the greatest effect was one which had higher fish and lower meat consumption. The brains of the subjects were analysed by MRI scans to determine brain volume and cortical thickness.

The message from the study was that “Eating at least three to five ounces of fish weekly or eating no more than 3.5 ounces of meat daily may provide considerable protection against loss of brain cells equal to about three to four years of aging,” Yian Gu, PhD, of Columbia University in New York said.

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