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Mediterranean Diet May Save Brainpower

Study Shows a Benefit of Mediterranean Diet May Be Slower Mental Decline as People Age

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The study results ''are significant in that it tells us something may be going on'' with the Greek-like diet and mental skills, says Bruce Semon, MD, PhD, a Milwaukee doctor who reviewed the study findings for WebMD.

''It's a moderate effect," he says of the two-year improvement found in the study.

Because the researchers looked at the diet as a whole, he says, it's difficult to separate out which food or foods deserve credit for preserving brainpower.

Tangney says that's a plus of the study. Many studies have focused on individual nutrients and their effect on health.

But her research looks at the ''big picture" of the Mediterranean diet and finds benefits for those who follow it closely, but not perfectly.

Her advice? ''Eat lots of whole grains, legumes, and beans. Have an occasional glass of wine."

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