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Add Olive Oil or Nuts to Guard Brain

(MedPage Today) A Mediterranean diet heavy on extra-virgin olive oil or nuts does more to keep the aging brain agile than simply switching to a low-fat diet, researchers found.
Participants in the PREDIMED-NAVARRA trial who consumed the Mediterranean diet plus olive oil had significantly better cognitive function scores on a Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE)…, wrote Miguel A. Martinez-Gonzalez, MD, MPH, PhD…
Participants who consumed the Mediterranean diet plus olive oil also did better than controls on clock-drawing tests (CDTs)…, the authors wrote…
"Our trial suggests that nutritional intervention with MedDiet supplemented with either extra-virgin olive oil or nuts is associated with improved global cognition," the authors wrote . "There are mechanisms that can explain the protective effect of MedDiet on cognitive status, including antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects and reduced vascular comorbidities."
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