Feed Your Mind to Stave Off Dementia
April 10, 2019
Can a good diet help ward of dementia? New research suggests nutrition makes a difference.
“With Alzheimer’s disease, for example, genetics play a significant role – but you can certainly help reduce your risk,” said CHI Health Geriatrician Heather Morgan, MD.
Rush University researchers found seniors reduced their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent by following the MIND diet.
Seniors can reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53% by following the MIND diet.
“MIND” stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neuro-degenerative Delay. It‘s a diet that combines the Mediterranean diet and DASH diet for hypertension. The MIND diet includes healthy fats, whole grain, Omega-3s, fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy and fish.
Researchers found those who loosely followed the MIND diet still reduced Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 35 percent. Even small changes in diet – more berries, whole grains and just one serving of fish a week – helped protect participants’ brains from dementia.