According to a recent research study out of Australia, those who consume a Mediterranean diet are able to slow down signs of cognitive decline and improve their brain function. While this diet has always been considered beneficial from a physical standpoint, the mental health benefits have only been uncovered recently.

The MedDiet, as it is called, has been proven to reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. The MedDiet is rich in leafy greens, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes, beans, nuts, cereals and seeds, providing a boost to our cognitive function.

In addition, the diet also includes a moderate amount of fish and a decreased intake of red meat and dairy products. Adhering to the diet also means utilizing olive soul as a primary source for healthy fats.

To investigate the effect of the diet on mental functionality, researchers analyzed a series of papers that were written between 2000 and 2015, to find out if there was any lasting effect on the cognitive brain function for those who participated in a MedDiet.

The results of the study showed that people who stuck to a MedDiet over the long haul experienced a decreased rate of cognitive decline, improvement to their cognitive function and a far lesser risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Attention, language and memory were also improved, with special emphasis on the improvement to the long term memory, as well as the working memory.

Many of the nutrients and fats that are included in this diet have long been linked to the suppression of mental decline and thanks to these studies, we now have concrete evidence to support these theories. The lead author of the study, Roy Hardman, also let readers know that it is never too late to make the change and that this diet can even help those who are further along in life.