If it seems like everyone's been obsessing over the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet lately, you're not wrong. And now there's another reason to stock up on olive oil: A group of researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, released findings this week that showed that adhering to a Mediterranean eating plan could keep you smarter longer.
Their research, which was published in the journal Frotiers in Nutrition, found that on top of previously confirmed benefits—including lowering the risk of heart disease, lowering cholesterol and even reducing the risk of breast cancer—the Mediterreanean diet could also slow cognitive decline and even prevent the development of Alzheimer's.
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As it's commonly defined, a Mediterranean diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and healthy fats like olive oil, and also favors fish over red meat and herbs and spices over salt. Eating this way appears to be good for many parts of your body, and as the Swinburne team found, the brain is no exception.