These Foods Linked to Bigger Brains, Better Memory

With the recent news tying processed and red meats to cancer, you may already be cutting back on steak dinners. Here’s even more incentive: Two new studies have found that a Mediterranean-style diet — featuring more fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and less meat — may not only help keep your memory strong but also slow age-related brain shrinkage. There’s also good news for those who find it difficult to eat healthy all the time: Both studies found that …

A Delicious Diet That Protects Your Memory

Want a diet that gives an extra boost to your brain? Try a few almonds for a midmorning snack, extra-virgin olive oil on your salad at lunch, and walnuts on your fish dinner. Adding additional helpings of extra-virgin olive oil and nuts to the already brain-healthy Mediterranean diet can help protect your memory and thinking skills, at least according to one new Spanish study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The research builds on previous studies finding that the Mediterranean diet — rich in …

Wait, Now Saturated Fat Is OK for Us?

How long have health experts told us that saturated fat – the kind found in meat, cheese and butter – was bad for our heart’s health? Forever, it seems. But now a large, new international study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says those experts may have gone overboard demonizing one kind of fat. Researchers analyzed 72 studies on heart risk and fat consumption, involving more than 600,000 people in 18 countries, and found no evidence that cutting back …

Nuts for a Longer Life? Yes, but Which Ones Are Best?

Eating a handful of nuts a day may be all it takes to help ward off serious disease and prolong a healthy life, says a major new study. In the largest study to date to look at whether eating nuts can help you live longer, researchers who followed 76,464 women and 42,498 men for 30 years found that people who ate nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die from heart disease, cancer or any other cause, compared …

The Best Diet Now to Avoid Illness Later

As AARP health writer Elizabeth Agnvall reported last week, a large new study finds that women in their 50s and 60s who ate a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fish, grains and olive oil were 46 percent more likely to be free of chronic disease and memory problems in their 70s. Think about that – 46 percent more likely to avoid nearly a dozen serious diseases like Parkinson’s, cancer, kidney disease and lung problems, according to researchers. The women …

A Diet for a Stronger Body (and Mind) as You Age

Once again, the Mediterranean diet is winning out in the diet wars – this time for both physical and brain health. A large new study finds that women who follow a healthy diet during middle age have more than 40 percent greater odds of surviving past the age of 70 with no chronic illness, physical impairments or memory problems. In other words, the kind of spry old age we all hope to have. >> Sign up for the AARP Health …