All of us recognize that what we eat is critical for the health of our bodies, yet it also may impact the aging brain’s capability of functioning.
While those concepts are still being tested and studied, scientists have discovered evidence in the MIND and Mediterranean diets.
Found below are some details about food sources that may potentially help delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other age-oriented cognitive decline, in addition to evidence behind those concepts:
The MIND Diet
MIND Diet focuses on plant-based sources of food connected with preventing dementia. This diet encourages consuming from 10 food groups:
- Olive oil
- Nuts- at least five servings/week
- Beans- at least three servings a week
- Poultry- at least two servings a week
- Fish- at least one serving a week
- Whole grains- three servings a day
- Berries- two servings a week
- Green, leafy veggies- six servings/week
- Other veggies- one serving per day
All in all, this diet restricts sweets, red meat, butter/margarine, cheese, and fried/ fast food.
Even though it isn’t completely proven that those kinds of diets are helpful at reducing the risk of cognitive decline associated with health problems, evidence suggests that it may decrease cognitive decline risk.
You can find this evidence, collected by the NIH here:
- In observational research of over 115 cognitively healthy adults, the ones who followed the Mediterranean diet possessed thicker cortical brain areas than the ones who didn’t. It seems as if those areas shrink in those who have Alzheimer’s disease; therefore, thicker areas might mean cognitive benefit.
- A diet analysis, as well as additional factors discovered that, after about 4-1/2 years, those who strictly followed the MIND diet experienced a 53 percent lowered rate of Alzheimer’s, as compared with the ones who didn’t closely follow this diet.
- In similar research, following this MIND diet was related to a significant reduction of cognitive decline in an average of five years
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