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The MIND Diet and Senior Alzheimer’s

By Lee Nyberg, 9:00 am on

People are always looking for diets that will help prevent disease, and the new MIND diet shows significant promise in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.

MIND stands for Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (quite a mouthful already), and consists of foods you should embrace, and ones you should avoid.

Eat:

  • fish
  • poultry
  • nuts
  • berries
  • whole grains
  • vegetables
  • wine
  • beans

Avoid:

  • red meats
  • butter
  • cheese
  • sweets

This type of diet, already known as the Mediterranean diet, is known to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It’s now been found that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish keep plaque from building up in both the circulatory system and the brain. Helpguide.org reports that the antioxidants in vegetables and berries can help prevent brain cells from aging, and berries promote the health of glial cells that remove toxins from the brain.

On the other hand, the saturated fats in red meats, butter, cheese and sweets can end up as deposits in the brain that clog blood vessels and reduce function, which can ultimately lead to disease or stroke and the need for specialized Alzheimer’s care in Lincoln.

A study in Chicago between 2004 and 2013 conducted by researchers at Rush University Medical Center seemed to bear out the value of the MIND diet. Researchers asked 900 people ages 60 to 90 about their eating habits. Those who ate foods that closely followed the MIND diet had a 53% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Even more encouraging, people who only ate the foods on the MIND diet part of the time still had a 35% lower risk. Scientists added that following the MIND diet over a long period gave more risk reduction benefits.

It’s never too late to encourage healthy and mindful eating habits. For more information on senior health or to find a caregiver who can help your senior loved one follow the MIND diet, call Home Care Assistance in Lincoln at (402) 261-5158. Our caregivers can cook nutritious meals, promote exercise, offer mental stimulation, and support and overall healthy and happy lifestyle. Call today and find out what a difference home care can make.