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How Diet Impacts Alzheimer’s Disease

 Suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is proven to be directly impacted by a person’s diet. 

Most people are familiar with the Mediterranean diet, which promotes menus rich in fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, fish and chicken. Also, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is another guide to eating healthy.

Combining these two healthy eating plans, Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) has been the focus of much research on how diet affects the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The MIND diet recommends 10 foods that fight Alzheimer’s and 5 foods to avoid.

Ten Foods That Fight Alzheimer’s:

  1. Wine (One glass per day)photo 3 (1)
  2. Olive Oil (Use as your primary oil)
  3. Poultry (Two or more servings per week)
  4. Fish (Once a week)
  5. Whole Grains (Three servings per day)
  6. Beans (Three times per week)
  7. Berries (At least twice per week)
  8. Nuts (At least five times per week)
  9. Green Leafy Vegetables (At least two servings per week)
  10. Other Vegetables (Daily)

Five Foods to Avoid:

  1. Fried Foods (Limit to no more than once a week)
  2. Fast Food (Limit to no more than once a week)
  3. Cheese (Eat no more than once a week)
  4. Butter and Stick Margarine (Less than one tablespoon per day)
  5. Red Meat (One serving per week)

In conclusion, we have known for years that what we eat affects our heart health.  Now, we know that what we eat affects our brain health.  While research is ongoing, living a life of physical and mental fitness can ONLY be positive in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.