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
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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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