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A New Alzheimer’s Diet to Keep in MIND

Posted by on Sunday, March 12th, 2017

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A new Alzheimer’s diet called the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet may help to lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by as much as 53%.

A recent Rush University Medical Center study funded by the National Institute on Aging aimed to discover if the MIND diet effected the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).  Martha Clare Morris, PhD, and colleagues developed the MIND diet which integrates foods from the Mediterranean diet and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets. 

The MIND diet is considered a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diets, both of which have been shown in studies to lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.  Some studies have found that the two diets may also help protect against Alzheimer’s dementia. 

The MIND diet was developed after compiling years of past research results about the therapeutic and adverse effects of various foods on brain health.   

For years, scientists have known that diet can have a big impact on heart health and now the evidence is stacking up that an increase of some foods and restriction of others can contribute to brain health.

The MIND Diet Study

The study of 900 people ages 58 to 98 participated in neurological testing and answered questionnaires about daily food consumption.  Those study group members who followed the MIND diet recommendations closely were found to test higher in cognitive functioning tests.  In fact, they exhibited the range of cognitive functioning of a person 7 and a half years younger.

The study results, published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, revealed that AD risks were lowered by 53% in those who “adhered rigorously” to the diet and by 35% in the participants who followed the diet “moderately.”

One of the most exciting outcomes of the study was the fact that even those who only moderately followed the diet reduced their risk of AD by a third.   

Nutritional epidemiologist, Martha Clare Morris, PHD, the lead author of the MIND diet study, said “Diet appears to be just one of many factors that play into who gets the disease.” “Genetics and other factors like smoking, exercise and education also play a role, but the MIND diet helped slow the rate of cognitive decline and protect against Alzheimer’s regardless of other risk factors” said Morris.

Morris went on to explain the MIND diet is an easier diet to follow than the Mediterranean diet, which is comprised of a daily diet of several servings for fruits and vegetables as well as fish.  In comparison, the MIND diet simply lists 10 brain healthy foods and 5 foods to avoid, see Part 2 of the MIND diet for details on the specific foods on each list. 

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Home Cooked Meals: A Primary Ingredient for The Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Friday, February 17th, 2017

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If you or a loved are eating the Alzheimer’s diet, you may be interested to learn about a recent study on home cooked meals.  The study, published by John Hopkins School of Public Health, (online in the journal Public Health Nutrition) says people who cook at home, may be getting many health benefits compared to those who eat out.  In fact, the study found those who make more home cooked meals are consuming less calories than others who don’t cook as often.  Find out about the conclusions of this study  and  how home cooking can enhance and support the Alzheimer’s diet.

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The ABC’s of Fiber for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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Fiber is a vital nutrient for disease prevention and overall health, it also carries a lot of weight when considering some of the best  foods for the Alzheimer’s diet.

In today’s hectic world of rushing from place to place, it can be a real challenge to get enough fiber intake  each day.  You may be surprised to learn that the recommended daily intake of fiber is around 25 to 30 grams.  The fiber should be from a variety of food sources (not from supplements).  This recommendation comes from the American Heart Association.  Most Americans get only about half that amount each day.  So, what’s so great about fiber, and how can you ensure you are getting the right amount for a healthy Alzheimer’s diet?  

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Infammation Promoting Foods to Avoid as Part of a Healthy Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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Many recent studies are exploring the possibility that inflammation could be a prime factor in the Alzheimer’s disease process. The two most common physiologic signs of Alzheimer’s in the brain are, plaques of amyloid beta protein, and tangles of tau protein. Chronic inflammation is also thought to play a major role in Alzheimer’s disease.   For those who want to maintain a healthy Alzheimer’s diet, it is beneficial to know which foods lend themselves to increasing inflammation in the body.

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Foods You Don’t Need to Buy Organic for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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Although eating organic foods is recommended as part of a health Alzheimer’s diet, there are some foods you don’t necessarily need to buy organic.  A healthy Alzheimer’s diet for people on a budget may include some organic and some non-organic foods.  But how do you know which foods are healthy to purchase non-organic? 

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The “Whole” Truth About Healthy Grains for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2016

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We hear a lot about the benefit of substituting whole grains for refined sources of carbohydrates in our diet these days-particularly for the Alzheimer’s diet.   The food industry has jumped on the bandwagon, offering everything from packaged whole grain pasta, pizza crust, snack items and more.  But are these processed prepackaged foods labeled “healthy whole grains” good for the Alzheimer’s diet?  If not, what exactly constitutes healthy whole grains, and how do you know uncover the truth about whole grains?

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10 Tips for Healthy Portion Control; A Vital Part of the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

 When it comes to the Alzheimer’s Diet, not only is it important to know which foods to eat (and which foods to avoid),  another vital aspect of the brain healthy Alzheimer’s Diet is learning about portion control.  

Over eating in the form of huge large portions seems to be ingrained in the western culture of modern day.  But extra large portions, eaten on a consistent basis, can contribute to weight gain and excess fat (particularly around the waistline).  Weight gain and obesity have been identified as risk factors for many disorders such as cardiac disease and  Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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How can you ensure you are eating proper portions for a healthy Alzheimer’s Diet?

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How Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help with the Alzheimer’s Diet?

Posted by on Saturday, July 16th, 2016

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If you or a friend or loved one has Alzheimer’s disease (AD), you are probably aware of the importance of the diet in Alzheimer’s prevention.  One key aspect of the Alzheimer’s diet is to eliminate as much sugar and refined carbohydrates from your diet as possible.  But did you know that a recent study revealed that apple cider vinegar could help lower blood sugar levels? 

Raw apple cider vinegar has been used as a healing tonic since as far back as 400 B.C., but how can apple cider vinegar lower blood glucose levels and contribute to a healthy Alzheimer’s diet?

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5 Tips on Fat Burning Foods for The Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Saturday, June 11th, 2016

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If you or someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease (AD), you may be interested in keeping excess calories down and in maximum fat burning properties specific foods can offer as part of a healthy Alzheimer’s diet.   

Are there really specific foods on the Alzheimer’s diet that can actually help burn calories as you eat them?

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Eat Grapes as Part of a Healthy Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Saturday, June 4th, 2016

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If you are looking for some great tasting, nutritious foods to eat as part of a health Alzheimer’s diet, consider eating grapes.  Grapes are one of the oldest fruit crops known to mankind. The abundant variety of uses for grapes has made this fruit (that is actually in the berry family) one of the most common foods used across the globe.

Everyone knows that grapes taste delicious and are very versatile.  They can be eaten in a salad, as a healthy sweet snack, made into juice, raisons or jams, grapeseed oil, wine and more.  But you may not have realized that grapes have been found to reduce obesity and risk of diabetes and even help to lower the risk of cancer.  When it comes to Alzheimer’s prevention, grapes can help to boost brain health due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

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