A study of Mediterranean and DASH diets led to invention of a new MIND dietary pattern (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet), which positively affects cognitive function, slows cognitive decline, and reduces a risk of Alzheimer disease (AD).
“One of the more exciting things about this is that people who adhered even moderately to the MIND diet had a reduction in their risk for AD,” said Martha C. Morris, ScD, a professor of epidemiology and director of the Section on Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology at Rush University.
Morris has conducted a research to prove that nutrition has an influence on the risk rate of AD development. After studying a Mediterranean and DASH dietary plans, she created a MIND diet that is based on both Mediterranean and DASH diets, but also has an emphasize on food like green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, wine and berries that are recommended as “brain-healthy” foods.
923 people aged 58 to 98 participated in the MIND diet research. By correlating how close the participants’ diet matched MIND, Mediterranean or DASH dietary patterns and participants’ yearly taken cognitive tests results, researches realized that participants who were following the diet most closely experiencing a 54 percent reduction in the risk of developing AD.
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