Your diet has a significant impact on your heart health. Doctors have been saying it for years. But, did you know that what you eat also affects your brain? In a recent study conducted by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, it was found that a brain-focused diet known as the MIND diet improves brain health and can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 53 percent.
MIND – an acronym for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay – is based on years of research on foods known to benefit cognition and brain function. It is a hybrid diet that combines the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, which are some of the most highly regarded diets around. What’s great about the MIND diet is that even people who do not follow it strictly can reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s by approximately a third.
Want to slash your Alzheimer’s risk? Here’s what you should be eating…
First on the list of healthy foods to consume to lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s is nuts, which are rich in fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. The MIND diet recommends eating them at least five times per week.
The creators of the diet have not specified which types of nuts are best to consume for enhanced brain health. Thus, it is probably a good idea to eat a selection of nuts to obtain a variety of nutrients.