Mediterranean diet protects the brain
20th February 2012PDF File Download
The Mediterranean diet describes a relatively high intake of fruit, vegetables, monounsaturated fat, fish, whole grains, legumes, and nuts; moderate alcohol consumption; and a low intake of red meat, saturated fat, and refined grains. It is in essence very similar to the OMS diet, although not as rigorous for most people who follow it.
White matter hyperintensities (WMHs) are lesions seen in the brain that indicate small vessel disease, and commonly accompany ageing, dementia, vascular disease and stroke. In this study, the researchers graded how closely people stuck to the Mediterranean diet; those sticking more closely to the diet had significantly fewer WMHs. Given the close association between MS and cardiovascular disease (see http://bit.ly/OMScorthals), and the likelihood that MS involves disease of the small vessels of the brain in a similar way to cardiovascular disease, these results are important for people with MS and of significance for anybody wishing to optimally protect their brain tissue. The study adds further weight to the benefits of a plant-based wholefood diet plus seafood. Back to News listing
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