Can the MIND Diet Improve an Aging Mind?

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MIND diet newsResearchers at Rush University in Chicago have recently evaluated numerous studies to determine the ideal combination of foods to prevent cognitive decline.

By combining aspects of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH (Dietary Approach to Systolic Hypertension) diet— researchers came up with the MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay)—a diet that could help slow the cognitive decline that occurs with aging.

The study extracted dietary information from 960 participants in the Memory and Aging Project, which evaluated changes in cognition over an approximate five-year period.

Participants with higher scores, adhering to the MIND diet, had slower cognitive decline. In fact, those with the highest scores compared to the lowest, were found to be an equivalent of 7.5 years younger in age.

Researchers conclude that people should incorporate more natural plant-based foods into their diets, specifically green leafy vegetables (which can slow cognitive decline) and berries (which can help improve memory).

The MIND diet also emphasizes consumption of dairy and fish products and focuses on limiting foods high in saturated fats, including meat products, butter, margarine sticks, whole fat cheese, pastries, sweets and fried or fast foods.

Source for Today’s Article:
Morris, M.C., et al., “MIND diet slows cognitive decline with aging,” Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association 2015; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2015.04.011.




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Leah Shainhouse is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and a member of the Dietitians of Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Honors, in Nutritional Sciences from the University of British Columbia and went on to complete her dietetic training and Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition at McGill University. Leah has a strong desire to help shape the lives of individuals through a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys working with people to help... Read Full Bio »