An article published earlier this year in the journal Alzheimer & Dementia (Feb 2015) showed unequivocally that the MIND diet (MIND = Mediterranean – DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) is more influential than genetics in affecting ones’ chances of suffering from the awful effects of dementia.
The MIND diet is simply adhering to a Mediterranean diet high in fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, beans berries poultry and fish….of course sprinkled with olive oil for good measure. The foods to avoid are red meat, butter and margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets as well as fried foods.
The amazing outcomes show that strict adherence to the Mediterranean diet reduced risk of Alzheimer by over 50% and even with some cheating risk is reduced by 35%.
There have been several research papers showing benefit and association of increased exercise on reducing the chance of dementia, now this confirmation of the benefit of the MIND diet shows yet again: eat well, simple and healthy, remain as active as possible, and you WILL increase your chances of a long healthy life.
Here’s to your health and well-being,
Vancouver Mind-Body Centre