Think you don’t have to worry about memory loss…think again!
More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease & many more are plagued with various forms of dementia. These loses in cognitive abilities affect one’s ability to work, their social relationships & their independence. Now is the time to MIND your brain health with the MIND diet.
The term “diet” has such a derogatory tone to it. It sounds restrictive & time consuming. The MIND diet, however, is not your average diet. It is a lifestyle choice. A choice that scientists have found to have a significant benefit to your physical & mental health.
Produce is a priority! The MIND diet recommends at least 1 serving per day of dark, leafy greens and 1 serving of another type of veggie; and berries at least twice a week. Several fish and seafood rich in EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve brain health and reduce the risk for dementia, precisely why the MIND diet recommends at least one serving of fish per week. In addition, fish varieties such as salmon & cod are high in lean protein & choline, helping you to consume less saturated fat & improve cognitive function at the same time. Use brain-friendly fats in your cooking. Canola, peanut, olive & sunflower oils are all good choices. Speaking of good choices, make fruits, vegetables & whole grans your primary source of carbohydrates & limit added sugars.
Studies have found the MIND diet can lower Alzheimer’s risk by approximately 35% for people who followed it fairly well and up to 53% for those who followed it rigorously.