Cognitive Health Diet to Think About

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by Ed Harper

Medscape, in a recent article, proposed the MIND diet. Here is the article text:

“The MIND diet, created by researchers at Rush University Medical Center, has repeatedly ranked as the easiest to follow and second best diet overall in terms of reducing the risk for hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. It has now been found to protect against dementia. The name MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, where DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

“In a recent study, the MIND diet lowered the risk for Alzheimer’s disease by 53% in participants who rigorously adhered to it and by nearly 35% in those who followed it moderately well. Adhering to the MIND diet has also been found to slow cognitive decline among aging adults independent of any Alzheimer’s disease risk.

“The MIND diet has 15 dietary components: 10 brain-healthy food groups and 5 unhealthy groups, which consist of red meat, butter and margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food. To adhere to and benefit from the MIND diet, one would need to eat at least 3 daily servings of whole grains, a green leafy vegetable and one other vegetable every day, drink a glass of wine daily, snack mostly on nuts, have beans every other day or so, eat poultry and berries at least twice per week, and eat fish at least once per week. Limiting intake of the unhealthy foods is imperative to realizing the full benefits of the diet. Confirmation of these results in different populations and through randomized trials is needed.”

References

Morris MC, Tangney CC, Wang Y, et al. MIND diet associated with reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2015;11:1007-1014.

Morris MC, Tangney CC, Wang Y, et al. MIND diet slows cognitive decline with aging. Alzheimers Dement. 2015;11:1015-1022.

Cite this article: Can the MIND Diet Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk? Medscape. Mar 08, 2016.

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