According to Science Daily, following a Mediterranean diet may do wonders for your mental health.

Based on their review of 11 observational studies and one trial, researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School found that individuals who follow the Mediterranean diet may lessen their chances of having mental impairment. In fact, results reveal that the diet may actually improve cognitive function and effectively lower the risk of Alzheimer's Disease.

"Mediterranean food is both delicious and nutritious, and our systematic review shows it may help to protect the aging brain by reducing the risk of dementia," lead researcher Iliana Lourida explains.

Adhering to a Mediterranean diet may also lower cholesterol levels and protect against cardiovascular issues. Reap the benefits this food regimen by eating more vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, and whole grains. Lessen your intake of fatty meat and dairy products, and add olive oil, herbs, and spices to the mix.

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