Mediterranean diet promotes longevity by protecting seniors from frailty and protecting cognition

The Mediterranean diet keeps you young, and, surprisingly, it does it, in part, by keeping the bacteria in your gut young.

We have written a lot about the Mediterranean diet: it’s good for your heart, it’s good for your brain, it’s good for your weight, it’s good for preventing breast and prostate cancer and it’s good for your mood.   

It’s also good for your gut. And what’s good for the gut is good for healthy longevity. 612 elderly people from Europe either followed a Mediterranean diet for a year or stayed on their regular diet. The Mediterranean diet was rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, olive oil and fish, and very low in red meat, sugar and saturated fats.

The different diets affected the gut microbiome differently. Changes in gut microbiome have been shown to alter bodily functions and inflammation in a way that affects frailty in seniors. But the Mediterranean diet was associated with improved markers of inflammation, frailty and cognitive function. That is, eating well made you stronger and smarter.

Gut 2020;doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2019-319654

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