By | Abby Moore | www.mindbodygreen.com
There are a variety of risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), such as age, genetics, health history, and even sex. Since men and women have different risk factors for the disease, their preventive approaches may also differ—except for one. According to neuroscientist and nutritionist Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D., the Mediterranean diet is an effective preventive measure for both men and women.
The Mediterranean diet is rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats from fish and olive oil, and flavorful spices. According to the Mediterranean diet food pyramid, enjoying meals with others is also an essential part of the lifestyle. These dietary and social parameters can contribute to brain health in men and women, Mosconi explains in a mindbodygreen podcast episode.
Why is the Mediterranean diet beneficial overall?
First and foremost, Mosconi calls the Mediterranean diet flexible and sensible. Sensible because the health benefits of the diet have been validated by hundreds of studies. And this isn’t one of those ultra-trendy diets that gain popularity without any data to back it up, she says. “Trends come and go, and science moves a lot slower than any trends.”