Sunday, 15 Feb, 2009 Health & Fitness

Mediterranean Diet Preserves The Intellect


Scientists from the Medicine Center in Columbia University (USA) have established the interrelationship between one's diet and intellectual abilities. It resulted that people following the Mediterranean diet may not fear about unimportant cognitive disturbances turning into Alzheimer's disease. There are certain alimentary preferences that play a significant role in the development and prevention of this severe pathology.

The Mediterranean diet is based on the consumption of fish, vegetables, fruits, cereals, milk products, fatless meat, olive oil and a small quantity of alcohol.

In the period between 1992 and 1999, researchers have observed 1393 volunteers with normal intellectual abilities and 482 patients with light cognitive disturbances. Specialists have made tests, taken interviews, studied their intellectual abilities and have determined the patients who followed the Mediterranean system of nutrition.

In average, scientists studie each participant over a period of 4.5 years. During this time, 275 persons from the healthy group have been noted to have light intellectual disturbances. However, in those who have followed strictly the Mediterranean diet and in those who haven't followed it so strictly, the risk of cognitive abilities' worsening was lowered by 28 and 17 per cent respectively, compared to those who refused to follow it.

In the second group of patients, after 4.3 years, Alzheimer's disease was noted to appear in 106 persons. The risk of this disease was 48 per cent lower in people who led a healthy lifestyle than in those who haven't consumed the products prescribed by the diet. Those who have followed this diet from time to time had a 45 per cent lower risk.

According to specialists, the Mediterranean diet decreases the level of cholesterol and glucose in the blood, and heals the blood vessels. This means that it removes all the symptoms linked with the worsening of intellectual abilities.

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