Preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, has shown that a diet created by researchers at Rush University Medical Center may slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors.
The new diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets; both of these have been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke. The team from Rush University have called it MIND diet as it stands for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. They developed the MIND diet from years of research about what foods and nutrients have good, and bad, effects on the functioning of the brain. The MIND diet includes vegetables, berries, fish and olive oil which help to promote brain health.
The diet has been associated with reduced Alzheimer’s risk in seniors who adhered to its recommendations. Even people who moderately adhered had reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline.
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