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Mediterranean diet linked to even more benefits

Words by Abi Scaife

A new study has discovered that the Mediterranean diet may be best for our brains.

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Made up of seafood, as well as plant-based foods like nuts, fruit, vegetables and whole grains, the Mediterranean diet has long been lauded as a healthy one.

But now, promising early research taken from a study of 60,000 Brits suggests that this diet could reduce the risk of dementia by a quarter - even among people who have a genetic predisposition to the illness.

What does this mean?

While of course, this isn’t a blanket preventative measure, it does help to know that there are things we can do that affect how our brains change over time. While there were 882 cases of dementia over the decade-long study, those who followed the Mediterranean diet were at a 23% lower risk of the disease than those who held a different diet.

If you’re interested in supporting people who suffer from dementia, you can do so by getting involved with charities like Dementia UK.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

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