Sidestepping Alzheimer’s with Brain-Building Foods
Can eating right help you sidestep Alzheimer’s? A Rush University study followed seniors over a five-year period to study the effects of a hybrid Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet for hypertension. Researchers called it the “MIND” diet – Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.
Seniors who followed the MIND diet reduced their risk of developing Alzheimer’s by as much as 53 percent, and those who didn’t follow it rigorously still reduced the disease as much as 35 percent. Foods included healthy fats, whole grains, omega-3s, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and fish.
Researchers pointed out that even small changes in diet – with more berries, whole grains and just one serving of fish a week – helped protect participants’ brains from dementia.
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