Mediterranean Diet May Prevent Alzheimer’s

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Mediterranean diet may prevent Alzheimer's---suggests a recent study conducted at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.


Alzheimer’s is a disease of brain that creates problems related to memory, thinking and behavior. It is indeed the most popular form of dementia which is associated with memory loss and also affects other intellectual capabilities of the brain. It is prevalent in people above 65 years of age; some of its early sign can even show at the age of 40-45.


Since there are no adequate cures of the disease, steps can be taken to treat its symptoms or to prevent the disease.


The study was conducted on 192 people in New York who suffered from Alzheimer’s. The people were observed for a period of four and half years. 85 people died during the term; and it was found that people who had Mediterranean diet had 76% less chances of death by this disease.


So, the study concluded that Mediterranean diet can help prevent Alzheimer’s.


These diets consist of vegetables, fish, legumes, olive oils and cereals in high quantities but a very low intake of saturated fatty acids, dairy products, and meat and poultry items. This diet is also beneficial for preventing heart diseases and various cancers.


As per the researchers, Mediterranean foods, such as fruits and vegetables supply the body with antioxidants which help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain which is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.


One can go for the Mediterranean style of eating by making smart food choices. Whole grains breads, cereals and starches along with low fat dairy, poultry, nuts and legumes should be consumed regularly. One should also reduce the amount of saturated fat in the diet and make use of olive or canola oil instead of butter.


 


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