By Patrick Holford
Eating a Mediterranean style diet with lots of vegetables and fruit keeps your brain 18 years younger, shows a new study published on the 8th March 2023 in Neurology. According to the researchers “People who scored highest for adhering to the Mediterranean diet had average plaque and tangle amounts in their brains similar to being 18 years younger than people who scored lowest.” They also found people who scored highest for adhering to the MIND diet had average plaque and tangle amounts similar to being 12 years younger than those who scored lowest.”
Adding just one food category from either diet — such as eating recommended amounts of vegetables or fruits — reduced amyloid build-up in the brain to a level similar to being about four years younger, the study said. The greatest result was found with those eating greens. Those in the top third of ‘greens consumption’ had substantially less Alzheimer’s related pathology that those in the lowest third – not eating their greens.
“Doing a simple dietary modification, such as adding more greens, berries, whole grains, olive oil and fish, can actually delay your onset of Alzheimer’s disease or reduce your risk of dementia when you’re growing old,” said study author Puja Agarwal, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
“Those with a healthy diet have seven times less risk of developing dementia compared to those eating an average diet, according to a study last month in the British Medical Journal” says Patrick Holford, who directs the Alzheimer’s prevention project at Food for the Brain Foundation, “This is completely consistent with Food for the Brain’s free on-line Dementia Risk Index questionnaire which assesses a person’s risk and asks specific questions about diet, including eating greens. Their test includes a Cognitive Function Test which measures actual cognition so you can gauge your brain age. It then advises you what to do to keep your brain young and healthy.”
Read ‘The Alzheimer’s Prevention Diet’ and discover six brain-friendly recipes including these protective foods.