What if I tell you that there’s a diet that can help lower your risk for Alzheimer’s Disease, significantly? And when I mean significantly, at least 53%? Say hello to the MIND diet or Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.
Say hello to the MIND diet or Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.
Okay, that might have been a mouthful. Let’s stick to MIND diet. So, what is the diet all about?
M I N D
The researchers at the Rush University Medical Center had 923 volunteers for the study, 144 of whom had Alzheimer’s Disease. The study, which started in 1997, aimed to see if the diet prescribed by the researchers will reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. And voila! It did!
For those who followed the diet down to the T, their risk for Alzheimer’s were reduced by 53%, and for those who only followed it moderately, their risk were down by 35%.
This is actually the shocking thing, according to the researchers, because they weren’t expecting that even those who moderately followed the diet reaped the benefits.
Mediterranean and DASH
So what is the MIND diet? We are all familiar with the Mediterranean diet. If you need to recall, I made a post here in Radiant Peach a couple of weeks ago. But how about the DASH diet? If you aren’t in the medical field or you don’t know a close friend or family member with heart disease, the DASH diet is prescribed for high blood pressure.
The diet has 15 recommended food items. Included are ten brain-healthy foods, such as
- green leafy vegetables
- other vegetables
- berries, such as blueberries and strawberries
- whole grains
- olive oil
And the other five are under the unhealthy food group category, such as
- red meats
- butter and stick margarine
- pastries and sweets
- fried or fast food
In order to follow the diet, you should eat this every other day: three servings of whole grains, a salad, and one other vegetable. You can have red wine every other day as well. Your snacks should be comprised of nuts for most days, have beans every other day, have poultry and berries, twice a week, and fish once a week. And what about the unhealthy food group? Intake of these food items should be limited to less than one serving per week for red meats, cheese, and fried or fast food.
You think you can do this diet? Watch the video and learn more.
Spread the word to your loved ones 😀