Eating a healthy diet is not only good for the body, but also the mind. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Angie Murad, a dietitian with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, explains the benefits of choosing brain-friendly foods.
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Eating certain foods can help improve brain health and preserve brain function. There’s mounting scientific evidence that shows sticking to a method called the MIND diet can make a difference in your risk of cognitive decline and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
“MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay,” Murad says. “It’s a combination of two other healthy diets: the Mediterranean diet and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, and includes a variety of brain-friendly foods.”
“What it emphasizes are leafy greens; berries; nuts, specifically ones that are high in omega-3; fish; and an additional vegetable as well as the leafy greens,” Murad adds.
Murad says the MIND diet is high in nutrients and is not difficult to follow. Foods to avoid or limit include butter, cheese, red meat and sweets.