We all know that eating healthy benefits your health!
What if there’s a diet that focused on brain health? Would you try it?
A common question many people ask is, “What can I do now to slow the progression of dementia?”
There has been much research on a diet called the MIND Diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay). It combines aspects of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet (Comparing the DASH & the Mediterranean Diets | UNC Health Talk (unchealthcare.org)). You aim to fill your plate with yummy brain foods like: chicken or turkey (not fried), green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, and fish at least once a week. Fish contain Omega-3’s and have been shown to also be effective in the fight of cognitive decline.
Does it truly cut your dementia risk?
According to the Mayo Clinic (Improve brain health with the MIND diet – Mayo Clinic) this diet has shown to slow the aging brain by 7.5 years and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Mayo Clinic mentions that foods filled with the nutrient flavonoid have been linked to have the slowest rates of cognitive decline! Load up on your green leafy vegetables and your berries!
Eat regularly, and include more servings of these brain-defending foods in your diet:
- Green leafy vegetables
- All other vegetables: at least one serving a day, particularly non starchy
- Berries: blueberries and strawberries in particular
- Nuts(unsalted): five servings or more weekly
- Beans: a minimum of four servings a week
- Olive oil: for main prep and cooking oil
- Whole grains: at least 3 servings per day
- Limit: butter and margarine, cheese, wine, red meat, and pastries and sweets
Does it work? Is it measureable? Not sure, but Betty White claims her diet secret was she avoided “anything green” and aged gracefully. So, who knows? 🙂
Not too sure what the true key to a long and healthy life is, but eating healthier doesn’t hurt! In addition to better brain health, a healthy diet helps prevent heart disease, cancer, and promotes weight loss! 🙂
Have a great day and stay peachy!