A Mediterranean diet can improve mental health, according to a September study by the University of Exeter’s Medical School.
The study is the first systemic review of existing research involving the Mediterranean diet’s effect on the brain.
The research team found that individuals who strictly adhered to the Mediterranean diet, a diet high in fruits and vegetables, fish, grains and healthy fats, showed improved cognitive function and a lower risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
The research team’s efforts are not conclusive, however.
“Our review also highlights inconsistencies in the literature and the need for further research,” said lead researcher Lliana Lourida. “In particular, research is needed to clarify the association with mild cognitive impairment and vascular dementia.”