Most diets have weight loss as their main objective, particularly fad detoxes and cleansing. However, not everyone who is dieting wants to lose weight. Different diets can produce various outcomes. Additionally, the MIND diet, which has been associated with shorter cognitive decline, might be worth trying if your goal is to improve brain health and delay the start of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease, the most prevalent type of dementia that affects 6.5 million Americans, is a debilitating neurological condition that causes memory loss and confusion. (1) It is the sixth most common cause of death in the US as of 2021. (The start of the COVID-19 pandemic cost it its position as sixth.) (1)
There is a lot of data to suggest the link between this dietary approach and preventing Alzheimer’s disease, despite the fact that there is no research connecting the MIND diet with the illness’s reversal.
How does the MIND diet plan incorporate the DASH and Mediterranean diets, and what is the MIND diet plan?
According to Becky Kerkenbush, RD, a clinical dietitian with Wisconsin’s Watertown Regional Medical Center, the Mediterranean-DASH intervention for the neurodegenerative delay, or MIND, is a “hybrid of the Mediterranean diet and DASH diet, and research suggests it may reduce the risk of developing dementia or slow the decline in brain health.”
In a 2015 study, the nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, ScD, and her colleagues at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago cited earlier research on the relationship between diet and cognitive decline before incorporating ideas from the DASH and Mediterranean diets, two plant-based diets, to create a meal plan that had positive effects on the brain. (2) So, the MIND diet was created.
All three diets share certain characteristics, but only the MIND diet promotes the consumption of foods that have been shown to improve cognitive health.