Studies find that a diet rich in leafy green vegetables slows cognitive decline in elderly people, and can even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
via The Guardian:
A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, beans, berries, wholegrains and wine can help to slow normal brain ageing and cognitive decline, researchers said on Tuesday.
Cognitive decline is a normal part of ageing but a study by scientists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago showed that elderly adults who strictly followed the “Mind” diet were 7.5 years younger cognitively over a period of nearly five years than those who adhered the least.
“The study findings suggest that the Mind diet substantially slows cognitive decline with age,” Martha Clare Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Centre, and her team said in a report in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia.
In an earlier study, the researchers showed that the diet developed at the Rush University Medical Centre may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Mind, or Mediterranean-Dash diet intervention for neurodegenerative delay, is a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil and vegetables and the dietary approaches to stop hypertension (Dash) eating plan designed to control high blood pressure.
It consists of 15 dietary components and recommends at least three servings of wholegrains, a salad and another vegetable each day and a glass of wine. Beans and poultry should be eaten at least twice a week and fish once a week.
Followers of the diet limit the amount of the five unhealthy food groups – red meat, butter, margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets and fried or fast food – they eat.