Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mediterranean Diet Preserves Memory & Thinking

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Learn how people who follow the Mediterranean Diet are 19% less likely to develop problems with their thinking and memory skills.

An extensive, far-reaching study found that in healthy people, those who more closely followed the Mediterranean diet were 19 percent less likely to develop problems with their thinking and memory skills. There was not a significant difference in declines between African-Americans and Caucasians. However, the Mediterranean diet was not associated with a lower risk of thinking and memory problems in people with diabetes.

“Diet is an important modifiable activity that could help in preserving cognitive functioning in late life,” said Tsivgoulis. “However, it is only one of several important lifestyle activities that might play a role in late-life mental functioning. Exercise, avoiding obesity, not smoking cigarettes and taking medications for conditions like diabetes and hypertension are also important.”

The largest study to date finds that eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, chicken and salad dressing and avoiding saturated fats, meat and dairy foods may be linked to preserving memory and thinking abilities. However, the same association was not found in people with diabetes. The research is published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“Since there are no definitive treatments for most dementing illnesses, modifiable activities, such as diet, that may delay the onset of symptoms of dementia are very important,” said Georgios Tsivgoulis, MD, with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Athens, Greece. Tsivgoulis is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Data came from the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, a national sample of the general population. For the study, dietary information from 17,478 African-American and Caucasian people with an average age of 64 was reviewed to see how closely they adhered to a Mediterranean diet. They were also given tests that measured memory and thinking abilities over an average of four years. A total of 17 percent of the participants had diabetes. Seven percent of the participants developed impairments in their thinking and memory skills during the study.

The study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, visit The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 26,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.


  1. A nutritious snack that according research,may help to protect against AD and others dementia types (and can increases strength too) is to mix in a blender,pure concentrated grape juice,walnuts and almonds,mixing in the blender for three minutes and follewed by strain.We can drink half the glass in the morning and half in the afternoon.
    1) "WALNUT EXTRACT INHIBITS THE FIBRILLIZATION OF AMYLOID BETA-PROTEIN, AND ALSO DEFIBRILLIZES ITS PREFORMED FIBRILS" , authors Chauhan N, published journal Current Alzheimer Research , 2004, that shows that Walnuts can helps to PREVENT AND TREAT betamyloid accumulation.
    2)" DIETARY SUPPLEMENTATION OF WALNUTS IMPROVES MEMORY DEFICITS AND LEARNING SKILLS IN TRANSGENIC MOUSE MODEL OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE",authors Muthaiyah B and colleagues,published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 2014, we can read:"These findings suggest that dietary supplementation with WALNUTS may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk, delaying the onset, or slowing the progression of, or preventing AD."
    3) "EFFICACY STUDY OF ALMONDS NUTS (PRUNUS AMYGDALUS) IN SCOPOLAMINE-INDUCED AMNESIA IN RATS" authors Kirti S. and colleagues,published in the Indian J Pharmacol., 2010,where we can read :" ALMONDS may prove to be a useful memory-restorative agent. It would be worthwhile to explore the potential of this plant in the management of Alzheimer’s disease."
    4) "THE EFFECT OF RED GRAPE JUICE ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE IN RATS" , authors Siahmard Z and colleagues , published in the Journal Adv Biomed Res. 2012, we can read :"Our results suggest that there are active ingredients in red grape juice, which probably have therapeutic and preventive effects on cognitive impairments in Alzheimer's disease."
    5 ) "GRAPE JUICE, BERRIES, AND WALNUTS AFFECT (ENHANCING) BRAIN AGING AND BEHAVIOR", authors Joseph JA and colleagues , published in the Journal Alzheimers Disesase 2014,we can read :"Taken together, these results suggest that a greater intake of high-antioxidant foods such as berries,grapes, and walnuts may increase "health span" and enhance cognitive and motor function in aging."

  2. Continuing:
    1) One glass of 300 mililiters of pure concentrated grape juice contains approx. 150 calories
    2) 12 ALMONDS contains approx. 80 calories
    3) 6 halves of WALNUTS contains approx.80 calories. Total of calories in such mix of grape juice, walnuts and almonds, mixed in a blender : approx. 310 calories.
    But taking half of the glass at morning (approx.150 calories) and the other half of fhe glass with the mix at afternoon, it looks to gives a balanced ingestion of antioxidants (polyphenols, etc.) and calories

  3. Since you are required to eat low carbs, You are much liable to ransack your body's vitality and this will make it exceptionally hard to stick to them. This is one of the real reasons numerous dieters abandon these sort of diets. 3 week diet


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