Mediterranean Diet Linked To Heightened Cognitive Function

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The Mediterranean diet recently scored some scientific points in an analysis conducted by National Institutes of Health researchers.
 
Researchers at the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, found that adherence to a Mediterranean diet, which is high in vegetables, whole fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains, fish, and olive oil, correlates with higher cognitive function, and that dietary factors seem to play a role in slowing cognitive decline when coupled with reduced consumption of red meat and alcohol.  
 
The findings came from recent analysis of data from two major eye disease studies, AREDS and AREDS 2, and were published in Alzheimer’s and Dementia: the Jounral of the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Over several years, AREDS and AREDS 2 assessed the effect of vitamins on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which damages the light-sensitive retina. AREDS included about 4,000 participants with and without AMD, and AREDS 2 included 4,000 participants, all
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Cognitive Fitness

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The Idea in Brief

What do Alan Greenspan, Warren Buffett, and Sumner Redstone have in common? They’re still at the peak of their intellectual powers despite their advanced ages, defying the widespread belief that our mental capacity inevitably deteriorates as we get older.

Leaders who are as sharp at 60 as they were at 25 constantly hone their cognitive fitness: their ability to reason, remember, learn, plan, and adapt. According to Gilkey and Kilts, such executives practice specific techniques to stimulate development of new brain cells and neural networks: They use indirect experiences such as observation or simulations to form new neural pathways, regularly engage in play, search for patterns in seemingly unrelated fields of endeavor, and seek novel experiences.

But the best leaders do more than just enhance their own cognitive fitness. They also promote “brain-positive” cultures in their organizations by encouraging colleagues and employees to apply these four

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