Recent research has shown that those eating a ‘mediterranean’ style diet rich in foods such as nuts, fish and vegetables, stand a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
Health experts have always cautioned high fat dairy and red meat in favour of lots of fresh produce. They believe it works so well in the case of dementia because of the combination of nutrients in the food, but have stressed that diet was not the sole cause of developing dementia and was simply a small aspect of it.
Columbia University Medical Centre in the US are the ones who ran the experiment which researched the diets of 2,148 retirement age adults living in New York.
During the four year study, 253 of the adults developed dementia and interestingly most of them had had diets including more salad dressing, nuts, fish, poultry, fruits and green leafy vegetables, and less high-fat dairy, red meat and butter
Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, said, “Adapting our lifestyles as we get older – by exercising regularly, watching what we eat and maintaining an active social life – can reduce dementia risk.