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Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

By New You Editorial
Posted On Jun 04, 2014

New You Medical Tip: Eat your way to longevity and overall wellness with the Mediterranean diet.

 

More often than not, it seems that the protocols that keep us healthiest are full of restrictions and rules, and rarely have anything to do with the word “delicious.” Now it seems that nutritious and tasty food is the surest way to longevity and mental wellness. People who adhere to a Mediterranean diet—which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats like olive oil—are not only healthier for the heart; they’re healthier in the head. Such are the findings of a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School, and published in the journal Epidemiology. We’ve long known that a Mediterranean-style diet goes a long way to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Now, it’s also linked to a lower risk of dementia and other age-related diseases, as well as a boost in cognitive function. Happy thoughts!