As we age we either find ourselves watching our parents become more forgetful, or we often feel like we are losing our own minds when we can’t remember someone’s name that we met just a minute ago.
Some cognitive decline is, of course, natural with aging.
But if you’re like most people, you’ll do anything to slow down this specific sign of aging.
A new online article has discovered that “Supplementing the plant-based Mediterranean diet with antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts was associated with improved cognitive function.”
Oxidative stress (the body’s inability to appropriately detoxify itself) has long been considered to play a major role in cognitive decline.
Previous research suggests following a Mediterranean diet may relate to better cognitive function and a lower risk of dementia.
In this study, over 440 participants with an average age of 67 years were followed for almost four years.
The results of this research suggest that in an older population a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts may counter-act age-related cognitive decline.
The lack of effective treatments for cognitive decline and dementia is a global concern. Currently, the best action is to engage in preventive strategies to delay the onset and/or minimize the effects of these devastating conditions.
If you are not familiar with the Mediterranean Diet, the main components are:
- Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
- Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil
- Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
- Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
- Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
- Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)
Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. In fact, an analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
If you are searching for a healthier lifestyle for you, your parents or your family, it makes sense to read and consider this plant-based program.
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