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Eating A Mediterranean Diet Could Make Your Brain Shrink Less With Age

Monday, January 30, 2017  
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Eating a Mediterranean diet is already linked to a growing list of positives, including less inflammation, more stable blood glucose and decreased depression. To that list we can add that it may also reduce how much our brains shrink as we age.

All of us will experience some degree of brain shrinkage as the years tick by, but a new study suggests that it’s possible to preserve our noggin’s size by making diet choices closer to those of the traditional Mediterranean diet. The study tracked about 400 adults in their 70s for three years. The brains of those who ate diets closest to a Mediterranean diet—with ample servings of vegetables, beans, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, moderate servings of fish and dairy, and low servings of red meat—experienced less brain shrinkage over the three-year period. Brain size differences were measured with brain scans.

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