Mediterranean Diet Protects Against Memory Loss

Alzheimer’s disease is caused by protein deposits in the brain and the rapid loss of brain matter. But, says a report in the journal ‘Neurology’, a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, vegetables and olive oil might protect the brain from these disease triggers. Explains researcher Tommaso Ballarini, “There was a significant positive correlation between a closer adherence to a Mediterranean-like diet and a higher volume of the hippocampus. The hippocampus is an area of the brain that is considered the control centre of memory. It shrinks early and severely in Alzheimer’s disease. It is possible that the Mediterranean diet protects the brain from protein deposits and brain atrophy that can cause memory loss and dementia. Our study hints at this.”

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