The influence of the Mediterranean diet on cognitive health

Macpherson, Helen, Lee, Jaime, Villalon, Lorena, Pase, Matthew, Pipingas, Andrew and Scholey, Andrew 2015, The influence of the Mediterranean diet on cognitive health. In Preedy, Victor R. and Watson, Ronald Ross (ed), Mediterranean diet: an evidence-based approach, Academic Press, Cambridge, Mass., pp.81-89, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-407849-9.00008-7.

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Title The influence of the Mediterranean diet on cognitive health
Author(s) Macpherson, HelenORCID iD for Macpherson, Helen
Lee, Jaime
Villalon, Lorena
Pase, Matthew
Pipingas, Andrew
Scholey, Andrew
Title of book Mediterranean diet: an evidence-based approach
Editor(s) Preedy, Victor R.
Watson, Ronald Ross
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 8
Total chapters 58
Start page 81
End page 89
Total pages 9
Publisher Academic Press
Place of Publication Cambridge, Mass.
Summary Neurocognitive function is influenced by a number of systemic biological processes that are susceptible to dietary intervention. It is known, for example, that cardiovascular dysfunction and concomitant inflammatory and oxidative stress processes can negatively effect cognitive function, especially during aging. Indeed, these represent significant risk factors for disorders such as mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. A growing body of evidence suggests that adherence to the Mediterranean diet may reduce these pathological processes. It follows that the Mediterranean diet may also positively affect cognitive functioning. This chapter reviews epidemiological studies indicating that the Mediterranean diet supports healthy cognitive aging. Such studies are supported by (relatively rarer) controlled trials, which indicate that switching to the Mediterranean diet may even enhance mood and cognition in younger individuals. Possible mechanisms underlying the association between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and protection against age-related cognitive decline are considered.
ISBN 9780124079427
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-407849-9.00008-7
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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