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Certain diets may be better for brain health.

Certain diets may be better for brain health.

In recent years, the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and practically devoid of saturated fats, has repeatedly been proven superior to traditionally Western fare in terms of long-term wellbeing. Past studies have focused on this diet's impact on heart health, revealing that its frequent inclusion of olive oil and lack of red meats may reduce the risk of stroke and cardiac arrest.

Now, a study from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) has demonstrated that this cuisine may be key to warding off dementia and promoting general brain health. According to a press release published by ScienceDaily, the researchers found that the study participants who adhered to a Mediterranean diet that frequently featured foods with high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to develop cognitive disabilities over the course of the four years.

The researchers reportedly reviewed the medical information of 17,478 individuals of various races, all of whom were over 45 years of age.

"Diet is an important modifiable activity that could help in preserving cognitive functioning in late life," said UAB neurologist Dr. Georgios Tsivgoulis, who is also associated with the University of Athens in Greece. Dr. Tsivgoulis also noted that such variables are especially important for brain and memory support since, though research continues, there are no direct treatments for this concern as of yet.

Another nutritional compound that has demonstrated abilities has a brain enhancer is curcumin, the bioactive ingredient found in turmeric. Scientists are currently investigating how this substance may prevent the onset or slow the development of Alzheimer's disease.

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