Researchers at the University of Navarra in Spain who tracked the diets and health of more than 1,000 people for six and a half years have reported that participants who followed a Mediterranean diet with extra nuts and olive oil showed fewer signs of dementia and memory loss than a control group on a lower-fat diet.
"We found that a Mediterranean diet with olive oil was able to reduce low-grade inflammation associated with a high risk of vascular disease and cognitive impairments," said Dr. Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez.
A Mediterranean diet is typically high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds because it is based heavily on whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, legumes, fish and red wine.
Source: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
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