The MIND diet stands for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.” It’s a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, specifically designed to prevent cognitive decline and dementia. The MIND diet emphasizes foods and nutrients that support brain health.
- Brain Health: The primary goal of the MIND diet is to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
- Antioxidant-Rich: The emphasis on berries, leafy greens, and other vegetables means a high intake of beneficial antioxidants.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Many foods in the MIND diet, such as nuts, fish, and whole grains, have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Versatile: It’s not overly restrictive, allowing for a variety of foods and making it more sustainable.
The MIND diet categorizes foods into ten “brain-healthy food groups” that one should focus on and five “unhealthy food groups” that one should limit. Adhering even moderately to the MIND diet has been shown to benefit brain health. As always, consulting with a healthcare or nutrition professional before adopting a new diet is recommended.