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Look to Mediterranean for brain health

A new study from Edinburgh University suggests following the Mediterranean diet reduces brain shrinkage

12 Jan 2017

A new study from Edinburgh University suggests following the Mediterranean diet reduces brain shrinkage.

A study, supported by SFC, measured around 400 people in their 70s using brain scans. While human brains naturally shrink with age, researchers found that the brains of those who followed more closely a Mediterranean-style diet (high in vegetables, fruit, olive oil, beans and grains, with moderate amounts of fish, dairy products and wine) shrank significantly less over a period of three years.

Michelle Luciano at the University of Edinburgh, who led the study, comments: “Our story is adding to the growing evidence that a Mediterranean diet is having positive and possibly protective effects on health.”

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