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The Mediterranean diet keeps the mind young

University of Edinburgh study: promotes cognitive function in old age

Following the rules of the Mediterranean diet, eating lots of green leafy vegetables and little meat, gives you the opportunity to remain mentally more active in old age. To say it is a study by the University of Edinburgh, published by scientific journal Experimental Gerontology, according to which this diet is associated with higher scores on mnemonic tests among the seventies. However, scholars have not yet found any link between the Mediterranean diet and better brain health. Markers of healthy brain aging (such as greater volume of gray or white matter or fewer white matter lesions) do not differ between those who eat according to MD rules and those who don't.

Over 500 people with an average age of 79 and without dementia participated in the Scottish university's research. They were the ones who completed mnemonic and problem-solving tests on the speed of their cognitive processes, as well as having filled out a questionnaire on their eating habits during a year. The results show that people who followed the Mediterranean diet had higher cognitive function scores. The different foods that seemed closely related to better thinking skills are green leafy vegetables and a lower intake of red meat. Adherence to the eating pattern of the Mediterranean diet was also associated with improved verbal ability.

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