Switching to a 10-day Mediterranean-style diet improves mood and cardiovascular function in a controlled crossover study

Lee,J, Pase,M, Pipingas,A, Raubenheimer,J, Thurgood,M, Villalon,L, Macpherson,H, Gibbs,A and Scholey,A 2015, Switching to a 10-day Mediterranean-style diet improves mood and cardiovascular function in a controlled crossover study, Nutrition, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 647-652, doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2014.10.008.

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Title Switching to a 10-day Mediterranean-style diet improves mood and cardiovascular function in a controlled crossover study
Author(s) Lee,J
Macpherson,HORCID iD for Macpherson,H orcid.org/0000-0002-3603-9359
Journal name Nutrition
Volume number 31
Issue number 5
Start page 647
End page 652
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-05
ISSN 1873-1244
Keyword(s) Blood pressure
Mediterranean diet
Randomized controlled trial
Summary OBJECTIVES: Even short-term adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet may benefit aspects of psychological functioning. The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of switching to a 10-d Mediterranean-style diet on mood, cognition, and cardiovascular measures. METHODS: Using a crossover design, 24 women were randomly assigned to either the diet change (where they switched to a Mediterranean-style diet) or no diet change (normal diet) condition for 10 days before switching to the other condition for the same duration. Mood, cognition, and cardiovascular measures of blood pressure, blood flow velocity, and arterial stiffness were assessed at baseline and at the completion of the two diets (days 11 and 22). RESULTS: Independent of whether the Mediterranean-style diet was undertaken before or after the crossover, it was associated with significantly elevated contentment and alertness, and significantly reduced confusion. Additionally, aspects of cognition, such as memory recall, improved significantly as a result of switching to the Mediterranean-style diet. Regarding cardiovascular measures, there was a significant reduction in augmentation pressure associated with the Mediterranean-style diet intervention, but blood flow velocity through the common carotid artery did not change. CONCLUSIONS: This Mediterranean-style diet has the potential to enhance aspects of mood, cognition, and cardiovascular function in a young, healthy adult sample.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.nut.2014.10.008
Field of Research 111102 Dietetics and Nutrigenomics
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
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