Are there foods that prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? What’s the right diet to stem a decline in cognitive functioning. Is there such a thing as a ‘mind diet’?
Well the answer is a lot more complicated than a yes or no. But we have the ‘spark notes’ edition for you, and the news looks promising.
There is a “MIND” diet, or the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay Diet. This was pioneered in a study by Dr. Morris in 2014. The study revolved around improving the quality of life of people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease (AD) using a sample of 923 individuals. Some of whom had a predilection to developing AD. What the study revealed was a 54% decreased chance of developing AD, while 35% overall decrease of symptoms between AD and dementia, when participants closely followed the diet. Thus, the study suggests that the Mind Diet slows cognitive decline with ageing.
What is it?
The MIND diet works on a combination of the Mediterranean Diet Program and DASH Diets. It is based around diets that improve heart health functionality, with the addition of several food types that have an auxiliary and supportive function towards cognition. Basically brain food for dementia and AD. It works around what you would normally think, eating healthy greens, fruits and nuts. But it also has certain limitations and tweaks, for instance replacing salt with herbs and spices. Here is a breakdown of the list.
Why it Works?
The diet improves cardiovascular health as a start. Improved blood circulation also implies improved blood circulation in the brain. But apart from that, the MIND diet is rich in Vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acids. Research illustrates that they are crucial for synaptic firing of nerves in the brain. The diet is also rich in Vitamins B, C and D which have been linked to helping neurons age better over time.
Take Aways (Not from Your Chippy)
What can you take away from this? The MIND diet works on three squares a day, so if you’re already having three meals a day, you aren’t significantly changing your meal times. You are; however, doing three things small things.
- Eat more veggies!
- Limiting your unhealthy fats and bad carbs (use whole grains instead).
- Limit the drinking to a glass, and red meats to once or twice a month.
People often neglect the mind, partially because we can’t see it, Or it’s decline in the case of dementia and AD. But with this diet you wouldn’t have to worry about that, as the saying goes: "out of sight, out of mind."