Researchers: MIND Diet Reduces Alzheimer’s Risk
Research has heralded certain diets as beneficial not only for weight loss, but to improve other aspects of participants’ health. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) may help patients reduce their risk of hypertension. Another popular diet, the Mediterranean diet, focuses on high levels of Omega 3 fats and oils and more fresh foods.
Taking properties from both diets, nutritional epidemiologist Dr. Martha Claire Morris and her colleagues at Rush University Medical Center developed the MIND diet for cognitive health. The MIND Diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay), is designed to provide the nutrients for healthy brain function.
The MIND diet includes on 10 healthy food groups.
- Green leafy vegetables
- Other vegetables
- Whole grains
- Olive Oil
It includes five unhealthy food groups too, which dieters should limit.
- Red meats
- Butter and stick margarine
- Pastries and sweets
- Fried or fast food
The key to success with the MIND diet is to focus more on eating from the healthy food groups and only indulging in the bad groups rarely.
One difference with the MIND diet compared to the other diets is that it focuses primarily on blueberries and strawberries for fruit, rather than all fruits. These berries are rich in antioxidants and previous research has found they could be beneficial for brain health.
One of the major benefits of following the MIND diet is that even moderate adherence reduced Alzheimer’s risk by 35 percent. Those who closely adhered to the MIND diet had a 53 percent lower risk. Those who followed the Mediterranean diet or DASH diet closely had a 54 percent and 39 percent lower risk, respectively. Moderate adherence to either the Mediterranean or DASH diets did not reduce risk of Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease is a cognitive condition that is incurable and difficult to treat once it begins. The best way to avoid disability by Alzheimer’s is to slow the process. Eating for brain health is just one of the many ways to improve cognitive function and protect your brain health. Some suggest that activities like reading, doing puzzles, and engaging in thoughtful discussions with friends and family may help keep your mind sharp as you age.
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