The Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet was developed by researchers from the Rush University Medical Centre to promote brain health, and reduce risk of hypertension, heart attack, and stroke. This diet has also been seen to slow cognitive decline in those who have experienced a stroke - who are far more likely to develop dementia over time. The diet includes many brainpower foods including, vegetables, berries, fish and olive oil. The diet has flexible rules giving guidelines to how often you should be eating certain foods and encourages the consumption of wine! Researchers found that even moderate adherence to the MIND diet can have implications on reducing Alzheimer’s disease risk. The studied showed that those who stuck to the diet (high adherence) had the cognitive function of someone 7.5 years younger, compared to those who had low adherence to the MIND diet. Although this research is still preliminary, there is enough evidence to suggest that food choices are a powerful tool when it comes to prevent cognitive decline.
SOURCE: Science Daily; January 26th 2018; https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180126110206.htm
DATE Retrieved: February 1, 2018