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Med diet staves off dementia

18 July 2017 08:24

The so-called Med diet is rich in fresh vegetables

The so-called Med diet is rich in fresh vegetables

People following a so-called Mediterranean diet rich in oily fish, fresh vegetables and nuts have a lower risk of suffering dementia.

That's according to a new study from scientists in San Francisco, who say following such a diet helps keep the brain healthy.

Better memory scores

Researchers found those who ate a Mediterranean diet, also rich in whole grains and olive oil, were around a third less likely to score low on cognitive tests.

Some 6,000 people took part in the University of California-led research. People who do suffer from long term health problems can arrange specialist medical travel insurance for when they take their holidays.

What the experts say

Dr Maria Carrillo, chief science officer for the Alzheimer's Association, said the study showed that changing your dietary pattern "really is quite impactful".

She told Fox Business: "You can change your trajectory of cognitive decline if you are adherent, for example, to Mediterranean diets or other diets that are low in saturated fats, low in processed flour and processed sugar.

"Good fats are important. Fats found in fish and good meats, as opposed to red meats, are all very good for your brain."

The findings were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London.