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Alzheimer's charity hails Mediterranean diet

Alzheimer's charity hails Mediterranean diet
15th September 2008

A leading Alzheimer's disease charity has stated that the Mediterranean diet appears to reduce the risk of developing dementia.

The Alzheimer's Society said "a healthy heart means a healthy brain" - and therefore it is not merely coincidental that the Mediterranean diet may offer some protection against a variety of conditions.

It specified a high intake of fruit and vegetables, grains, fish and poultry as being key aspects of the diet, which is said to be high in antioxidants and omega 3.

Commenting on a study recently published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the charity's head of research Dr Susanne Sorensen said: "This review of 12 studies adds weight to growing evidence that a Mediterranean diet and regular exercise are the best ways to reduce your risk of developing diseases as we get older and helps us live longer."

The research published in the BMJ suggested that a Mediterranean-style diet could help people live longer in addition to protecting them against Parkinson's, heart disease and Alzheimer's.

As part of their research, scientists at the University of Florence had collected notes on the dietary habits and wellbeing of more than 1.5 million people.

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