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Certain Foods in Mediterranean Diet Leads to Better Cognitive Function

In case we haven't heard enough of the positive benefits from the Mediterranean diet to cardiovascular and cognitive health, here's another one. However, this one was interesting because it broke down which foods were beneficial for a particular aspect of cognitive function. 

This study involved 447 subjects at high risk of cardiovascular disease (between the ages of 55 and 80 years), enrolled in the PREDIMED study (a primary prevention dietary-intervention trial). Adherence to a Mediterranean diet was found to be associated with improvements in cognitive function in the elderly subjects.

Specific foods linked to various aspects of cognitive function included: 
  • total olive oil consumption was associated with improved immediate verbal memory
  • virgin olive oil and coffee were both associated with improvements in delayed verbal memory
  • walnuts were associated with improved working memory
  • wine was associated with improved Mini-Mental State Examination scores
The authors conclude, "Increased consumption of antioxidant-rich foods in general and of polyphenols in particular is associated with better cognitive performance in elderly subjects at high cardiovascular risk. The results reinforce the notion that Mediterranean diet components might counteract age-related cognitive decline."

So, not necessary new insight into the Med diet, but just a deeper understanding. Reminds me of a quote I read: "Learning is finding out what you already know." So click HERE and subscribe to find out more of what you already Know!

Source: Polyphenol-rich foods in the Mediterranean diet are associated with better cognitive function in elderly subjects at high cardiovascular risk

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