By | Tiffany Crawford | vancouversun.com
The Mediterranean diet has long been touted as healthy, given its focus on fresh fruit, vegetables and healthy fats such as olive oil and fish.
Now, University of B.C. researchers at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health say they have found a link between this type of diet and brain health for Parkinson’s disease, and say there is strong evidence it may delay the onset of the disease by as much as 17 years in women and eight years in men.
In a study of 176 participants, researchers looked at the effects of what they call the MIND diet, which combines the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, diet. The DASH diet encourages people to reduce their sodium and eat a variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.