The so-called “Mediterranean diet” has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Now there’s evidence it can prevent Alzheimer’s too.

The Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer’s: A Healthy and Delicious Way to Protect Your Brain

Researchers followed 2,258 people over the age of 65 and recorded their diets during a four-year period.

The results – published in the Annals of Neurology – showed that those who were most faithful to the Mediterranean diet were 40 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Even those who only moderately followed the diet lowered their risk by 15 percent.

Adopting a Mediterranean Diet

If you want to try this diet, make sure you’re eating its key ingredients, including REAL olive oil, fresh wild fish (like wild salmon, mackerel and sardines), whole fruits and vegetables, and assorted nuts and legumes. Consume alcohol in moderation and ensure your meat and dairy products are grass-fed for optimal healthy fat ratios.

Learn more about the health benefits of monounsaturated fats – a key component of the Mediterranean diet.