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Keep Your Brain from Aging with the “Mediterranean Diet”

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A new study has shown a dramatic new benefit from what is commonly called the “Mediterranean Diet” – it can actually improve the health of your brain.

For years the advantages of the Mediterranean Diet have been touted as a way to improve physical health. This eating pattern, emphasizing high concentration of seafood and plant-based foods, along with healthy fats, nuts and legumes, has been shown to bring a host of benefits, from lowering blood pressure to reducing the risk of breast cancer. But now a study published in the journal Neurology shows that this type of diet can help slow the shrinkage of the brain that commonly occurs with aging. We found a recent related article on the website Medical News Today (you’ll find the link here.)

The study followed more than 670 older participants, some of whom ate a Mediterranean Diet while others did not. After seven months a brain scan compared brain volume. Those with the healthier diet had significantly less brain shrinkage – a difference equivalent to five years of aging, say the study authors. In other words, eating the healthier diet protected the brains of some study subjects against five years’ worth of cumulative aging effects.

If you’re interested in maintaining your independence and not becoming a burden to your loved ones, this is important news for you, and it certainly seems to provide one more good reason to change to your diet. Brain shrinkage has been linked to dementia, but it also seems to trigger a host of other detrimental side effects that can greatly affect seniors, including loss of sensory abilities and impaired mobility. And the good news is, the Mediterranean Diet is not only good for you, it’s delicious, too.

We want our clients to experience a richer, healthier retirement – and that requires a plan. Just as you plan for the food you’ll eat, you also need to plan for every other aspect of retirement including where you’ll live, how you’ll protect your assets and how you’ll manage your health care. This can seem overwhelming! But it doesn’t have to be, if you get the right guidance. For thousands of Pacific Northwest seniors that guidance starts with attending one of our free Life Planning Seminars. Click on the Upcoming Events tab to find out where the next seminars will be taking place. We’re looking forward to seeing you there, and answering many of your questions about what can be the most rewarding time of your life: retirement

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