There’s a new reason to cut back on fast food and stock up on leafy greens. Researchers at Chicago’s Rush University found that senior citizens who followed the Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) were 7.5 years younger cognitively.
Their report which appeared in “Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association”, found that people who strictly followed the MIND diet lowered their risk of Alzheimer’s by 53 percent. Those who moderately stuck to the plan were able to slash their risk by 35 percent.
MIND is a combination of the Mediterranean diet which is rich in vegetables and olive oil and the DASH eating plan which helps control high blood pressure. Both diets not only protect against dementia, they reduce risk of heart attack, hypertension and stroke.
The MIND diet consists of:
• A daily serving of green leafy vegetables
• Other vegetables at least once a day
• A serving of nuts a day
• Berries at least twice a week
• Poultry twice a week
• Beans every other day
• Whole grains three times a day
• Fish at least once a week
• Olive oil as your main cooking oil
• A glass of wine daily
Dieters are also encouraged to keep their intake of butter, red meat, cheese, pastries, and fried foods to a minimum.