October 2015 Issue

The MIND Diet: Food for Thought

Healthy food promotes a healthy brain, and lowers your risk of age-related dementia.

The science of nutrition and its effect on the brain is young, but certain foods and nutrients have come up in research as being particularly good—or bad—for keeping your brain healthy. Martha Clare Morris, ScD, and her colleagues at Rush University called upon all of this research to build a diet pattern that might best protect the brain, which they called the MIND diet. They looked at food surveys and cognitive tests of 923 people ages 58 to 99 over an average of four-and-a-half years, scoring participants’ food intake based on how similar it was to the MIND diet.

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