A new review concludes the Mediterranean diet is good for the brain. This was determined after finding that people who follow the diet are less likely to experience cognitive decline and develop Alzheimer's disease.
The Mediterranean diet incorporates a high intake of plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. The diet limits intake of red meat and replaces butter with healthy fats, like olive oil.
Eating fish or poultry at least twice a week and using herbs and spices rather than salt to flavor food are also recommended.
Mayo Clinic on the Mediterranean diet:
The Mediterranean diet is considered by many as the best eating plan for a healthy heart. Numerous studies show it can lower the risk of heart disease by reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol.
Researchers discovered the benefits of a Mediterranean diet may not be limited to the heart (Medical News Today). The study found a Mediterranean diet with additional nuts or olive oil may protect against cognitive decline in seniors.
Dr. Oz and Rachel Ray on Mediterranean diet and easy recipes: