Boost Brain Power With A Mediterranean Diet
A new study claims that a Mediterranean diet rich in extra-virgin olive oil may not just be beneficial to your heart, but also to your brain. Olive oil and nuts - major components of a Mediterranean diet - work wonders in keeping the brain agile and healthy, the study shows.
This study, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry also found that participants who consumed a Mediterranean diet plus olive oil demonstrated better cognitive function, and scored better in clock-drawing tests.
"Our trial suggests that nutritional intervention with MedDiet supplemented with either extra-virgin olive oil or nuts is associated with improved global cognition," the authors wrote. "There are mechanisms that can explain the protective effect of MedDiet on cognitive status, including antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects and reduced vascular comorbidities."
A Mediterranean diet is typically free from any processed foods, and bad fats, and includes more foods that are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These foods help reduce vascular damage, free radical damage and inflammation.
"The Mediterranean diet is high in antioxidants, its anti-inflammatory, and it has a lot of vascular protective elements, so I don't think this is a stretch," Dr Melina Jampolis, a physician-nutrition specialist said. "In a high-risk vascular population, this could be beneficial, and it's worth evaluating further."
However, comparing a Mediterranean diet to a low-fat diet, in this study, would be unfair. "It's erroneous to say (the Mediterranean diet in this study is) better than a low fat diet, when in fact they weren't following a low-fat diet," Dr Dean Ornish, a well-known proponent of a plant-based, low fat diet, said. "If they said the Mediterranean diet improves cognition compared to standard American diet or standard Spanish diet, I would agree, but clearly, a 37% fat diet is not a low-fat diet."
With a majority of foods falling under the category of a Mediterranean diet being economical, the diet is not just a healthy diet, but also a sustainable diet.
"The Mediterranean people enjoy this kind of diet every day," Dr. Martinez-Gonzalez, chairman of preventive medicine at the University of Navarra, Spain, and the study author, said. "It is pleasant, it is healthy, it is sustainable, and it is not very expensive."
Blind People Can Now See the Shape of Different Letters with Brain Implant
A group of scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine located in Houston has recently developed a certain brain implant that actually allows both blind and sighted participants to "see" the shape of different letters!
Scientists Find Living In Space Makes Your Brain Bigger And That's Permanent; What Other Effects Could It Have On The Human Body?
Increased brain size caused by staying in space for a prolonged period of time, a study observed
Butter Consumption May Double Diabetes Risk
New study says that we should slow down in our butter consumption in order to avoid developing diabetes. Findings say that two slices of butter toast is enough to double diabetes risk.
Virgin Olive Oil Could Raise HDL Levels
Virgin olive oil has many benefits for the heart. One benefit that has been found is that virgin olive oil could raise HDL levels.
ADHD News: Mediterranean Diet Could Prevent The Risk Of The Disease
As there is no known cure to ADHD, could it be possible that the answer to prevention be found on a Mediterranean diet all along? What properties are there in this kind of diet that experts are convinced it could prevent the disorder from worsening or from taking place? Find out what health professionals have to say
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Elon Musk’s Brain Microchip Neuralink Will Allegedly Cure Depression and Addiction
Elon Musk founded Neuralink in 2016, but what is the purpose of this brain-implanted computer chip? Musk has revealed additional details that you may find interesting.
Spotted in Deep Space: Never Before Seen Four Mystery Objects
A few mysterious objects that haven't been seen until now have recently been spotted in deep space thanks to massive radio telescopes.
A Leaker May Have Confirmed The Release Date Of 'Resident Evil Village'
A leaker who has been reliable in the past regarding Resident Evil may have revealed the release date of Resident Evil Village.