MIND Diet Could Reduce Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease

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A promising research study has apparently devised a diet that, even if only followed semi- strictly, could significantly lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The diet is aptly known by the acronym MIND, standing for ‘Mediterranean- DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay’. The study found that the MIND diet lowered the risk of Alzheimer’s by a massive 53% in those who strictly stuck to the diet, and even 35% in those who only stuck to the diet loosely.

The diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet, but reportedly less difficult to stick to. The MIND diet encourages lots of the ‘healthy’ options such as green leafy veg and other veg, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine, as well as ‘unhealthy options’ (which I personally don’t agree with the label, because most of these foods are not ‘unhealthy’ at all), which include red meats, butter and margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets. Also included in this is the more obviously unhealthy options including fried and fast food.

The details of the diet are beyond the scope of this small article, but it is interesting to see where things are going in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Source

Martha Clare Morris, Christy C. Tangney, Yamin Wang, Frank M. Sacks, David A. Bennett, Neelum T. Aggarwal. MIND diet associated with reduced incidence of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's & Dementia, 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2014.11.009

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