You are what you eat

A growing body of scientific evidence supports the relationship between diet and long-term cognitive health.  Research from large population studies show that healthier diets throughout our lifetime translates to healthier brains as we age. Let's face it we don't want to lose our minds as we get older!  

So what should we eat?  The Journal of Neurology recently published a study that confirmed the easy-to-follow Mediterranean diet can have lasting benefits for brain health. Another study of over 6000 older adults showed a 30-35% lower risk of memory impairment when sticking to a Mediterranean-based diet. CNN recently reported that people who closely adhered to a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet saw a 53% lower risk of developing Alzheimer's.

What is a Mediterranean Diet? The Mediterranean diet is mostly plant-based, with an emphasis on limiting saturated fat. This diet suggests a high intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish, and unsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil and avocado. It also encourages a moderate intake of dairy, wine, and poultry. Finally, it recommends a low intake of red meats and sweets.

Sounds delicious, right?  So why not start today and begin to protect your brain!