A recent review of the results of studies involving more than 2 million people worldwide showed that people following a Mediterranean diet had a 13 percent lower risk of death from Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Interestingly another review has shown that the risk of developing Alzheimer’s was almost 50 percent lower among people who adhered more closely to a Mediterranean style diet. A Mediterranean style diet is rich in antioxidants from plant -based foods and rich in foods with anti-inflammatory properties such as oily fish.
With this strong evidence in mind, try to include at least two servings of fish (150-200g serves) per week and ensure that some of that fish is high in the good oil -omega 3 fats – fish such as salmon and sardines. Frozen salmon from the supermarket freezer section and tins of sardines from the supermarket aisle are excellent sources of omega 3 fats – although the fresh stuff is always tastier!
For more information and recipes see Catherine Itsiopoulos’ excellent book ‘The Mediterranean diet’. She has spent many years studying and researching the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and has combined her scientific research into a fascinating combination of easy to understand science along with practical tips and recipes.