Older Blacks are twice as likely as whites to develop Alzheimer’s disease. However, following a particular diet may help ward off the disease altogether. The MIND diet may help older people ward off Alzheimer’s disease, a new study finds.
Developed by the late Martha Clare Morris, who was a Rush University nutritional epidemiologist, and her colleagues, the MIND diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH diets.
What is the MIND diet?
The MIND diet has 15 components, including 10 brain-healthy food groups and five unhealthy groups that include the following:
1. Green, leafy vegetables
Aim for consuming six or more servings a week of green vegetables such as kale, spinach, cooked greens and salads.
2. Other vegetables
In addition to green, leafy vegetables, you should add non-starchy vegetables such as amaranth or Chinese spinach, artichoke, asparagus, baby corn, bamboo shoots, beans (green, wax, Italian) and bean sprouts. Non-starchy vegetables have a lot of nutrients with a low number of calories.
Berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries also provide antioxidant benefits meaning they can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. Try consuming them at least twice a week.
Consuming at least five servings of nuts a week can