Mediterranean Diet Benefits Small Brain Vessels
Scientists have discovered yet another possible benefit for the Mediterranean diet to add to its impressive list of health advantages. Research published in the Archives of Neurology found this diet seems to curtail damage to small blood vessels in the brain, which would lower the risk of stroke and memory loss.
Prior studies suggest that those who consume the Mediterranean diet have a reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and cognitive maladies. The new research was the first to explore specifically the effects of the diet on the brain’s small blood vessels.
The benefits don’t stop here. All Voices delineates quite an extensive list of health assets that earlier studies demonstrate. This manner of eating has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as lowered inflammation and blood clotting. Additionally, a study in 2011 revealed that women who adhered to this diet had a later onset of disability when they became older.
Perhaps most importantly of all, research shows the Mediterranean diet is the key to a long, healthy life, All Voices notes. These anti-aging effects, which encompass different health benefits, illustrate the considerable value of this diet to overall wellness.
The Mediterranean diet consists of eating ample quantities of certain foods, while limiting amounts of others. It includes plenty of vegetables and fruits, along with legumes and olive oil. Whole grains, nuts and fish are other important components. Foods eaten in low quantities include dairy products, red meat and processed meat.
Just as the evidence that some foods have a healthful effect on the brain is increasing, so also is the evidence that other foods exert a destructive effect on this vital organ is mounting. Medscape Today relays the results of a study published last year that showed eating a diet high in saturated fat and sugar seems to put people at greater risk of Alzheimer’s.
Lead author, Clinton Wright, affirms to Medscape Today that the results of the new study were not surprising, due to the substantial evidence that already exists, indicating less risk of cardiovascular events and mortality for devotees of this diet. The authors’ hypothesis was confirmed that this type of eating is linked to less subclinical harm to the small blood vessels, as well as less major damage. Subclinical is a term that refers to the harm incurred before the damage is extensive enough to produce symptoms. This particular benefit for the brain’s small blood vessels may be derived from the diet’s focus on monounsaturated fats.
The authors of the present study concluded that the Mediterranean diet seems to protect against brain damage. However, they acknowledge their investigation has several limitations and recommend further research to replicate their results.
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Article updated on: February 16th, 2012