With over 413,000 Australians living with dementia, beloved Australian chef Maggie Beer has teamed up with dementia researcher, Professor Ralph Martins and, based on the latest scientific research, developed a diet to help fight the disease.
“I’ve always felt that food is medicine, if it’s the right food,” said Ms Beers.
“I’m the conduit for Ralph’s science. He’s taught me so much about choices and I’ve tried to put all this together, because of this shared passion [with Ralph] that food can make all the difference to your life.”
The recipes also have the blessing of another of Australia’s most respected women, Ita Buttrose.
“You can’t guarantee that people won’t get dementia if they follow these recipes, but because we don’t have a cure or a treatment, you can say that the way you eat could be a preventative factor,” said Ms Buttrose.
Professor Martins added: “I think it’s going to be a very important preventative factor. We’ve followed 1100 Australians for the last 10 years and we looked at what they ate and their lifestyle and we saw that those who followed the Mediterranean diet had the lower risks of amyloids, toxins that build up in your brain and kill your brain cells. So, we’re very excited about getting this message out there.”
Read more about Maggie’s book Recipes for Life.
Learn more about dementia at www.dementia.org.au
Do you follow the Mediterranean diet? What do you think of Maggie’s dietary tips?