The Mediterranean diet has been shown to have a number of health benefits, especially for the heart. But past studies have also found that it can help prevent Alzheimer's disease. One study found an incredible 40-48% reduction in the risk of Alzheimer's (Am J Clin Nutr 2003).

So researchers did a review of five studies of more than 7,000 people sixty-five or older. . . .

They found that those whose diets most closely followed the Mediterranean diet had 33% less risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's. They also found that people who already had mild cognitive impairment were less likely to advance to Alzheimer's disease when they more closely followed the Mediterranean diet.

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, beans and olive oil. It is low in meat and dairy and moderate in fish. It can also include moderate red wine.

J Alzheimers Dis 2014;39(2):271-82

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