A new diet developed by Rush University called “Mind” could reduce brain aging by 7.5 years in the elderly.
The team of American researchers started from a double observation: several studies have shown the positive effect of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) in slowing down cognitive decline. So what happens when we combine the two diet modes? This is the whole principle of MIND, Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.
Foods that protect the brain
MIND specifically targets the quality of fatty acids, a recognized indicator of dementia risk. But it also associates foods or food families already identified as neuroprotective (green vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries and small red fruits, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, red wine) and excludes categories with a high-risk diet profile (red meat, butter, cheese, baked goods, fried foods, confectionery and fast food).
A brain 7.5 years younger
The study therefore evaluated the influence of this diet on 960 seniors with an average age of 81 over a period of 4 years. The results are dramatic: Compared to the lowest MIND Diet Score tertile, the highest tertile shows a reduction in cognitive decline, equivalent to a 7.5 year gain in brain age.
For lead author Martha Clare Morris, this is further evidence of the crucial role of lifestyle in old age, when there is no definitive treatment for dementia.
Morris MC et al., Alzheimer & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, June 15
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