Mediterranean diet and Parkinson's disease.
New research shows that Mediterranean diet could delay the onset of Parkinson's disease as scientists at the University of Brittany Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, studied women who followed the Mediterranean diet - which was recently rated as the best in the world once again - concluded that it can delay the onset of the disease by up to 17.4 years and up to 8.4 years for men.
The researchers studied two diets: the Mediterranean diet and the MIND diet, which are very similar, focusing on vegetables, legumes, seafood, olive oil and limited wine consumption.
At the same time, both diets encourage the minimum consumption of processed and fried foods, red meat, processed grains, added sugars and saturated fats.
Additionally, the researchers found that women reaped the most benefits from the MIND diet, while the Mediterranean diet had a greater positive effect on men.
It is important to note that correlation does not mean causation, and researchers note that there are limitations to the study, but they are excited about the findings.
Dr Silki Apel-Creswell of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Center said that "The study shows that people with Parkinson's disease have a significant delay in the onset of symptoms if their food fits perfectly with the Mediterranean diet".
He also added that "There is a shortage of medicine to treat Parkinson's disease, but we are optimistic that these new data show that diet could possibly delay its onset."
Finally, it should be noted that MIND diet has been linked to the prevention of Alzheimer's and dementia in the past, but the new study is the first study to examine the diet's effect on those with Parkinson's disease.