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Olive oil and nuts: Why adding them to a Med-style diet protects against dementia

A DIET brimming with olive oil and mixed nuts is the best way to protect against dementia, research shows.



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A Mediterranean diet could help fight against the development of dementia

Supplementing a Mediterranean-style diet with antioxidant-rich oil, walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds boosts memory in the elderly. 

The surest way to beat age-related mental decline is to wash down a litre of extra virgin olive oil with 210g of mixed nuts a week, scientists say. 

It comes as evidence shows oxidative stress, the body's inability to appropriately detoxify itself, plays a major role in diminishing mental powers.

Dr Emilio Ros, of the Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, said: "Our results suggest that in an older population a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts may counteract age-related cognitive decline. 

"The lack of effective treatments for cognitive decline and dementia points to the need of preventive strategies to delay the onset and or minimise the effects of these devastating conditions."

It is a clear sign that devouring platefuls of greens, nuts, fish and olive oil - while consuming modest amounts of red meat and alcohol - can future proof against physical and mental illness.

Experts believe eating poor food increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and dementia.

But adopting a healthy and balanced dietary regime rich in vitamins and minerals can add years to your life as crucial components work together to fight disease.

Researchers looked at the effect of diet and cognitive performance in 447 healthy men and women with an average age of 67 years at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

One group of 155 supplemented their Mediterranean diet with one litre of extra virgin olive oil a week, 147 added 30g of mixed walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds and 145 were assigned a low-fat control diet.

Our results suggest that in an older population a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts may counteract age-related cognitive decline.

Dr Emilio Ros, of the Hospital Clinic

Cognitive change was measured in a series of tests after four years. 

They recorded 37 cases of mild cognitive impairment, 17 in the Mediterranean diet plus olive oil group, eight in the Mediterranean diet plus nuts group and 12 in the low-fat control group. 

Those given a low-fat control diet had a significant decrease in all composites of cognitive function. 

It proves a traditional Mediterranean diet is the simplest and easiest way to keep mind and body healthy. 

Consultant cardiologist Aseem Malhotra said: "This study adds further to existing data that a Mediterranean diet can not only significantly reduce the risk of dementia but can also potentially slow the progression.

"The benefits seem to be specific to the anti-inflammatory properties from extra virgin olive oil, nuts and oily fish that can even rapidly reduce the risk of a heart attack within months of changing the diet independent of cholesterol and independent of weight."

Experts have warned the dementia timebomb facing the UK over the next 35 years could send the NHS into meltdown.

The common condition affects about 850,000 people in the UK.

Disturbing estimates predict more than 2 million will live with the condition by 2050.

The results of the latest research chime with previous studies that show eating "brain healthy food groups" like green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine boosts wellbeing.

Advocates of the Mediterranean way of eating say people should be eating at least three servings of whole grains, a salad and one other vegetable every day, snacking most days on nuts, consuming poultry and berries at least twice a week and fish at least once a week to get maximum health benefits.

Evidence increasingly suggests that sticking to a Mediterranean diet loaded with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E, folate and other carotenoids slashes the risk of hypertension, heart attack and stroke and protects against memory loss.

Dr Ian Campbell, a family GP in Nottingham, said: "What's clear to me is the health given by adopting a Mediterranean diet is predominantly driven by being more physically active and keeping a healthy weight, with a diet rich in fruit vegetables and lean meats and fish. 

"A diet rich in fruit and vegetables, with a modest amount of unsaturated fats like olive oil, does seem likely to promote good health and low cognitive decline. And that's something we could all adopt if we really wanted to."

Dr Simon Ridley, of Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "The results of this trial appear to be encouraging but the effects seen were very subtle and as the researchers themselves point out more work is needed to understand these findings fully."

The study was published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

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