The same type of Mediterranean style eating plans that reduce the risk for heart disease and dementia may also bolster brain health—by delaying the onset of Parkinson’s disease (PD) for several years in people destined to develop the movement disorder.
By Wendy Haaf
University of British Columbia researchers rated how closely the eating patterns of 176 participants matched each of three variations of the Mediterranean diet.
Eating patterns that closely aligned with Mediterranean-type diets were linked with significantly later onsets of the disease—delays of up to 17 years in women and up to eight years in men. The MIND diet (similar to the Mediterranean diet, with an emphasis on leafy greens, berries, fatty fish, and nuts) offered the greatest benefits to women, while the Mediterranean diet provided more protection for men.
Source: Movement Disorders