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June 27, 2017 •

The Anti-Alzheimer’s Diet

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Scientists have claimed they identified the most effective diet for preventing Alzheimer’s disease. According to a study, adhering to the “MIND diet” offers substantial protection from Alzheimer’s disease. For this study, scientists first analyzed the diets of 923 elderly study subjects for 144 specific foods based on detailed food questionnaires. With repeated neuropsychological testing, the study subject’s cognitive capabilities were then carefully tracked over the next 4-5 years. For study subjects who most closely adhered to what the researchers dubbed the MIND diet, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s was slashed by an impressive 53 percent. Even study subjects who “moderately” followed this eating pattern experienced significant benefit with a 35 percent risk reduction. Perhaps the most uplifting aspect of the study was the delicious foods that comprised this brain-healthy eating style.

Brain health and diet are clearly linked. Here are the dietary hallmarks of the “MIND” diet, which has been touted for its anti-Alzheimer’s prowess.

  • An abundance of vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens with a salad daily
  • Nuts at least 5 days a week
  • Berries as the dominant fruit
  • Beans at least 3 times a week
  • Whole grains, 3 servings a day
  • Fish, at least once a week
  • Poultry twice a week
  • Olive oil as the primary fat
  • 1 glass of red wine a day

 

 

(Alzheimer’s and Dementia, March 2015)

 

 

 

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