MIND diet: Consuming certain foods can reduce the risk of dementia
A healthy diet is not only good for the body, but also for the mind. According to experts, consuming certain foods can improve brain health and help maintain brain functions.
Experts repeatedly point out the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Not only does the so-called Mediterranean diet help lose weight, it also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease according to scientific research. When combined with the DASH diet, brain health can be improved.
The risk of dementia is reduced
Angie Murad, a nutritionist at the Healthy Life Program at the prestigious Mayo Clinic (USA), explained in one article the benefits of brain-tailored food choices.
According to the dietitian, there is increasing scientific evidence that the so-called MIND diet can influence the risk of cognitive decline and dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
For example, researchers at Columbia University in New York in the journal Neurology reported that eating a mind does not reduce the risk of dementia.
In the study, the researchers found that this diet improves cognitive health. One reason, according to the researchers, seems to be that this diet contains a lot of unsaturated fats, legumes, proteins, fibers and micronutrients such as thiamine, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, iron and potassium.
A combination of two diets
"MIND means Mediterranean-DASH intervention for neurodegenerative delay" (Mediterranean-DASH intervention for neurodegenerative delay), "explains Murad.
"It's a combination of two other healthy diets: the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, and it includes various brain-friendly foods," the expert said. The DASH diet has been specifically developed for the prevention of heart disease.
According to Murad, the mind diet uses leafy vegetables, berries, nuts, especially those high in omega-3s and fish.
According to the nutritionist, this diet is rich in nutrients and is not difficult to follow. Foods to avoid or limit include butter, cheese, red meat, and sweets. (AD)
- Mayo Clinic: Mayo Clinic: Can MIND Nutrition Improve Brain Health ?, (Available: 11/18/2019), Mayo Clinic
- Neurology: nutritional patterns in early life pay dividends for middle-aged cognitive performance, (accessed: 11/18/2019), Neurology
This article contains general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment alone. It cannot replace a doctor's visit.