Best Evidence Yet: Mediterranian Diet May Preserve Memory Function

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

 The impact of memory on cognitive health is a more or less constant theme in the news.

While many studies have suggested that certain diets, especially those rich with fruits, vegetables, and sources of omega-3 fats (the Mediterranean diet), may be beneficial to the long-term health of the brain, certain evidence of a cause and effect relationship between the two has not been established.  However, the evidence continues to move in that direction, including a recent study from Rush Medical College and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In the latest study, nearly 4000 people were tracked at three year intervals since 1993. By using a well validated dietary questionnaire, the researchers showed a significant correlation between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and preserved memory through the later years of their lives.

Add this to the growing list of reasons to take diet seriously as a means of achieving optimal health.

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  1. I think (as usual eater:-)) that mediterranian diet is most balanced and yummy! As to the memory function - it's a big plus for me as long as I have troubles with my memory after my son's birth. Thanks for useful info! Katya

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