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Mediterranean diet may protect against brain ageing

The benefits of a meditteranean diet have long been extoled for heart health. Now a study from the US suggests that the diet, rich in fish, vegetables and less meat, may slow the loss of brain cells as we get older. They go as far as to suggest that the effect may be the equivalent of preventing five years of age related brain shrinkage. The study monitored the eating hbits of 674 New Yorkers with an average age of 80 and without a dementia diagnosis. Divided into groups indicating a meditteranean or non meditteranean diets, the study found those in the meditteranean diet group had bigger brains and a slowing of the  aging process. They suggested that there appears to be an association between eating at least 3-5 ounces of fish a week or eating no more than 3.5 ounces of meat daily and gaining considerable protection against loss of brain cells equal to approximately 3-4 years of aging. Surely that has to be worth increasing the fish and skipping the meat, perhaps throwing in some vegetables for good measure, because lets face it, its no good looking good on the outside iof the inside is crumbling!

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