Brain foods

MIND diet proves powerful for reducing Alzheimer’s risk

When your doctor tells you to eat healthy, add this to the list of science-backed reasons behind that push. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have found a connection between nutrition and brain vitality. An eating plan they’ve created, the MIND diet, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 53 percent—with the risk dropping a third among people following it only “moderately well.” MIND combines aspects of two other diets: the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). In fact, MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. Both of those originator diets have proven benefits for heart health. Among the foods to keep in mind, from MIND:

• Vegetables

• Nuts

• Berries

• Beans

• Whole grains

• Fish

• Poultry

• Olive oil

• Wine (one glass daily)

Source: CBS