According to a new study, eating a Mediterranean diet may protect your brain from abnormal protein (amyloid and tau) build up and shrinkage that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

The study analyzed the changes in brain volume, tau and amyloid biomarkers, and cognitive skills of 512 people based on how closely those people followed the Mediterranean diet.

The results showed that people who often ate healthy foods, like fish, vegetables and fruit (typical for the Mediterranean diet), and only occasionally ate foods, like red meat and milk products (non-typical of the Mediterranean diet), had a larger gray matter volume, better memory and less amyloid and tau proteins.

How exactly a a Mediterranean diet protects the brain from protein build up and loss of brain function, needs to be further investigated.

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