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Mediterranean diet associated with improved cognitive function
Mediterranean diet associated with improved cognitive function (May 21, 2015 - Insidermedicine)
From Madrid - Eating nuts or olive oil with the Mediterranean diet may improve cognitive functioning in older adults, according to a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers studied over 400 healthy volunteers with an average age of 67. Participants had their cognitive change assessed over 4 years, and were randomized to either supplement a Mediterranean diet with one litre of extra virgin olive oil a week, 30 g per day of walnuts, or to a low fat diet as a control. Results showed that individuals on the low fat diet demonstrated significant decrease from baseline in all composites of cognitive function, while individuals in the Mediterranean diet demonstrated improvements in their memory, attention and executive function, and global cognition composites. The authors urge, however, that further study is needed.