The mediterranean diet and healthy brain aging: Innovations from nutritional cognitive neuroscience

Marta K. Zamroziewicz, Aron K. Barbey

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Accumulating evidence suggests that the Mediterranean diet holds promise for addressing the cognitive and neurological impairments of the aging brain. Indeed, the Mediterranean diet has been shown to prevent decline in multiple facets of cognition and brain aging. Moving forward, the application of cutting-edge techniques from nutritional epidemiology (nutrient biomarkers of this a priori hypothesized dietary pattern) and cognitive neuroscience (high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging measures of brain structure and brain function) will continue to advance our understanding of how the Mediterranean diet can benefit the aging brain. Furthermore, the incorporation of personalized nutrition, which accounts for genetic variability as well as environmental susceptibility, can optimize the cognitive and neurological benefits of the Mediterranean diet. By applying a comprehensive, multidisciplinary framework, the field of Nutritional Cognitive Neuroscience seeks to drive innovation in the design of nutritional interventions that promote healthy brain aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRole of the Mediterranean Diet in the Brain and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780128119594
ISBN (Print)9780128119600
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Brain function
  • Brain structure
  • Cognition
  • Mediterranean diet
  • Nutritional cognitive neuroscience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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