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Mediterranean Diet Tied to Slower Mental Decline

People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet may think a little more clearly into old age. The findings of a recent study add to mounting evidence that such a diet may be as good for your brain as it is for the rest of your body.

To determine if slower brain aging might be among the diet's health benefits, researchers looked at the dietary habits and cognitive function of nearly 4,000 people aged 65 and older. Their diet was examined, and their mental acuity was assessed every 3 years, based on measures such as word memory and basic math skills.

According to Reuters:

"Out of a maximum score of 55 on the MedDiet scale reflecting a quintessential Greek diet, the average study participant received a 28. And those with higher MedDiet scores appeared to have slower cognitive decline over time ... If there were two older adults of the same age with Mediterranean diet scores 10 points apart, for example, the individual with a 10-point higher score would perform mentally as if she or he was 3 years younger than the other adult".

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