According to the researchers of a new study, adding nuts or olive oils to your healthy diet can protect your brain. If you do it on a daily basis or regularly, it may help keep your mind clear. This kind of dieting has also been reported to be able to reduce deaths from strokes and heart attacks. If you eat these healthy fats, your probability of showing the early signs of dementia is less likely to happen, as compared to if you’re stuck with the same old and more traditional diet. The Spanish people have been doing this for quite some time, having been eating the so-called Mediterranean diet.
A Mediterranean diet is the way to go
Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez of the University of Navarra in Spain and colleagues reported in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry that their findings really back the increasing evidence of the protective effects of the Mediterranean diet on cognitive function. The findings are the result of a large and well-publicized trial, which showed that the Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil and a little wine has a potential to cut the risk of strokes and heart attacks by 30%. A Mediterranean diet includes lots of olive oil, nuts, a small amount of cheese, a little lean meat, a little fish, vegetables, fruit and salad. At meals, wine is also served.
The researchers said that there are several ways that adding nuts or olive oil to the diet might protect the brain. But that’s not all they do. For your artery health, opt for nuts and olive oil because they contain monosaturated fats, which are better than lard, meat and butter as they contain saturated fats. Not only that, nuts and olive oil are also high in fibre and vitamin E, as well as minerals. Aside from that, walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. All of these ingredients could be easily bought from the grocery stores and supermarkets; so there’s no excuse not to start on this healthy diet move.
Mediterranean diets + olive oil = reduce inflammation
If you’re still not convinced on switching to the suggested diet, Martinez also said that the diet could reduce damaging inflammation, and some studies have suggested that virgin olive oil – which is unrefined and cold-pressed – might fight the beta amyloid “plaques” found clogging the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. A third mechanism (the olive oil) may be that an improvement in vascular health leads to better brain blood flow. The oxidative damage that can cause Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart disease could be protected against by these nutrients. These days, it’s not enough to just take vitamins alone as various studies have shown little benefit out of it. However, this new study shows the combination of the factors in a healthful diet does seem to have an effect.