MIND Diet Lowers The Risk Of Alzheimer’s

MIND diet as the name suggests promotes healthy mind and lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s. The MIND diet or the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay Diet, is a combination of Mediterranean and DASH diet. A nutritional epidemiologist, Martha Clare Morris from Rush University Medical Center has developed this nutritional diet with a goal of promoting brain healthy foods to lower the chances of Alzheimer’s.

MIND diet consists of foods that improve heart, auxiliary and supportive function towards cognition. MIND diet requires you to eat a diet consisting mainly of green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, berries specially blueberries, wine, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry and olive oil. The foods that you are not suppose to eat are fried or fast food, red meat, cheeses, butter and stick margarine, sweets and pastries.

Rules of the diet:
•    Eat a salad everyday
•    Consume three servings of whole grains per day
•    Drink one glass of wine on a daily basis
•    Eat any one vegetable
•    Consume all kinds of nuts everyday
•    Eat poultry and berries atleast twice a week
•    Consume fish atleast once a week
•    One could consume unhealthy food but limit to one serving per week
•    Less than one tablespoon of butter is allowed per day

According to a survey conducted by Morris and her team, the study showed that by strictly following MIND diet the risk of Alzheimer’s was lowered by 53%. It also improved the health of 35%of seniors who followed this diet. According to Rush University Medical Center, people who followed the DASH diet have significantly lowered the risk of Alzheimer’s by 39%, On the other hand 54 %among people who followed the Mediterranean diet.  

-    Akhila Kakarala with inputs from http://www.livescience.com
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