MRI shows benefits of Mediterranean diet on the brain

A study that appears in February 2012’s issue of Archives of Neurology suggests that eating a Mediterranean-style diet may offer protection against small-vessel disease.  Damage to small blood vessels can cause damage in the brain and other organs. 

The study included performing brain MRIs on the participants.  The researchers noted a correlation between the participants’ diets and the amount of white-matter hyperintesity (“WMH”) volumes in their brain.  WMH are markers for small-vessel damage and are associated with vascular risk factors such as smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure.  The more closely a person followed a Mediterranean-style diet, the less WMH they had.

The study findings might also help explain recent studies that have linked consumption of a Mediterranean diet with lower incidence of neurological conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

What is the Mediterranean diet?  Think: olive oil, fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains, legumes and nuts.  Try to limit the amount of red meat, saturated fats and refined grains you eat.  If its in a can, a box or a jar – don’t buy it!

While you can’t get an MRI of your brain to see how your diet is working, it might be appropriate to get one if you are experiencing some cognitive difficulties.  Talk to your doctor, and together you can come up with a game plan.  If your doctor thinks an MRI might be appropriate, give us a call at 1-877-709-8522. 

 

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MRI shows fish-filled diet helps lower Alzheimer’s risk

A study presented at last months Radiological Society of North America’s annual conference suggests that that eating baked or broiled fish weekly can reduce the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, done by University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre researchers, included MRI imaging of the brain’s grey matter volume over a 10 year period. The study established a direct relationship between fish consumption, brain structure, and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Grey matter volume is crucial to brain health; when it increases, brain health is maintained.  Decreases in grey-matter volume indicate that brain cells are shrinking. 

Scientists think that the omega-2 fatty acids in the fish are benefitting the brain.  Baked or broiled fish deliver more omega-3’s to the brain than does fried fish.  Sadly, fish & chips aren’t the way to improve brain health!

The scientists found that having fish as little as once per week can increase brain grey-matter volume.  The main message of the study is that the more baked or broiled fish you eat, the more grey-matter volume you will have as you age.  Having more grey-matter in the future, will lessen your risk for Alzheimer’s.

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