Recently, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that it may even serve to prevent cognitive decline in the elderly. Approximately 4,000 Chicago residents over age 65 who were on such a diet were tracked and their cognitive ability was measured at three-year intervals. According to the study, those that followed the Mediterranean diet showed the slowest rates of cognitive decline.
Similarly, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease also published research results examining the connection between the Mediterranean diet and mental acuity among the elderly who were also at high cardiovascular risk. Here, studies uncovered that some foods such as olive oil, walnuts, and wine had positive effects on improving test scores of verbal memory, working memory, and overall mental health and clarity.
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