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The MIND Diet May Help Cognitive Functioning

The MIND diet combines components of the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet that may help improve brain health. Foods included in the diet include whole grains, berries, leafy greens, nuts, beans, chicken, and fish. A new study has found that the MIND diet may help protect against memory and thinking problems.

The researchers used data from 569 adults who had taken part in the Rush Memory and Aging Project (MAP). All had passed away before the beginning of the current study. Food frequency questionnaires were administered yearly during participation in MAP. Cognitive function was evaluated shortly before death and dementia-related brain pathologies were conducted.

Participants who adhered more closely to the MIND diet were significantly less likely to have cognitive impairment throughout their lives. Higher adherence was associated with better memory and thinking skills. In addition, participants with levels of plaques and tangles in their brain indicative of Alzheimer’s disease with higher adherence to the MIND diet had less cognitive impairment than those who lower adherence.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Rush University Medical Center. The study was published online ahead of print on September 14, 2021 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease,.

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