Monday, September 14, 2015

Alzheimer's and Diet

Alzheimer's.  It is a scary thing to hear. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the US and of the top 10 causes it is the only one that can not be prevented.  There are lifestyle habits to lessen the risk of Alzheimer's or keep it at bay.  One is exercise.  If you have a family history of Alzheimer's, start walking.  A new study from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago shows that a new diet plan may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's.  The MIND diet takes components from the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH diet which have been used for heart health and blood pressure maintenance.  The MIND diet is broken down into 10 healthy foods for brain health and 5 that are not.  Some of the 10 are

  • Leafy greens: have at least 2 servings, but 6 is really more like what is needed
  • Other vegetables: 1 or more serving per day
  • Nuts: 5 servings a week are recommended
  • Berries: 2 or more servings per week.  (We all know that blueberries are a super food.)
  • Beans: 3 serving a week.
  • Whole grains: 3 servings a day

Of the 5 to avoid, red meat is at the top of the list.

An added bonus of the MIND diet is that it is just good for you and done right it can help with weight loss or maintenance.  Think about it.

Resource:'s for the complete list and more information.