A new study from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland indicates the so-called Mediterranean Diet offers some protection from brain shrinkage on older people. There is no direct effect established at this time that the diet might also ward off dementia, though the study showed a marked reduction (about half) in loss of brain capacity with over 500 older volunteers.
Once again, I am always a little hesitant is repeating these sorts of things, but in this case the result are pretty notable.
The results were the same when researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect brain volume, such as age, education and having diabetes or high blood pressure.
Eating more fish and less meat was not associated with differences between people's brains, contrary to earlier findings.
BBC"It's possible that other components of the Mediterranean diet are responsible for this relationship, or that it's due to all of the components in combination," [head researcher] Dr Luciano said.