New research says a Mediterranean diet can lower risk of dementia

The Mediterranean diet is made up of fruits

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruits, vegetables, fish, grains and healthy fats. (Photo by Utah Valley Magazine)

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.”



Kim calls Utah Valley home, but she spent her high school years in Australia, where she learned to drive on the other side of the road and tolerate Vegemite. Since earning an English degree at BYU, Kimberly has worked for Covenant Communications, Utah Valley Magazine, Daily Herald and Eat My Words. When she isn't writing, Kim loves traveling, teaching Pilates, and spending time with her husband and three children. Read more from Kim at

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