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‘MIND’ diet may slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s

In people with Alzheimer’s disease, following the MIND diet can help slow cognitive decline. WP Simon/Getty Images

(Deep Shukla/ Medical News Today) –– Even though some recently studied Alzheimer’s disease drugs can reduce the levels of beta-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, the interventions that scientists have studied so far have shown limited success in slowing down the decline in cognitive function.

This highlights the importance of identifying lifestyle factors that can slow down the progression of cognitive decline independent of changes in Alzheimer’s disease-related brain pathologies.

Some studies suggest that the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Mediterranean diet can improve cognitive function. Based on those studies, the two diets have been combined to create a hybrid MIND diet that is specifically designed to improve brain health.

The MIND diet emphasizes the consumption of leafy green vegetables, other vegetables, berries, legumes, fish, nuts, and whole grains while limiting the consumption of butter, cheese, and red meat. (…)