An American study has shown that a new system, called regime “MIND”, could protect the brain risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
What the regime “Mind”?
The mind system, created by US researchers, promises to keep the brain younger. It combines aspects of the Mediterranean diet (fruit, vegetables, olive oil, vegetables and cereals) and the DASH regime (rich in plant, expected to prevent hypertension). Both have proved capable of reducing the risk of heart disease, such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke.
Scientists at Rush University Medical Center followed 900 people aged from 58 to 98 years for a study on the benefits of the MIND system. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire about their regime and do neurological tests to analyze their brain capacity. Their results show that people who strictly followed the regime had a brain of someone 7.5 years younger compared to those who have not followed strictly.
The same study reveals that the mind system could halve the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers therefore conclude that by combining the two, we can better protect the brain against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
At the “Mind” system menu
The creators of the regime advise to focus 10 “healthy regime” food groups and avoid five food groups “unhealthy” to keep the brain healthy.
-The Right foods for a healthy brain: vegetables (especially green leafy vegetables such as cabbage kale and spinach are all rich in vitamins A and C) as well as nuts, beans (source of fiber and protein ), whole grains (essential part of the plate), fish (once a week at least), poultry, olive oil, and red berries (especially blueberries). Also, allows a glass of wine a day to maximize brain health.
-The Foods to avoid from the “unhealthy” groups include red meat (to limit to less than 4 servings per week), butter and margarine, cheese (once a week or less), sugary foods, and foods like fast food (burger, fries, pizza). These foods should be avoided if we want to protect the brain from cognitive decline, according to the plan.
A healthy lifestyle
In summary this system uses the principle of a balanced regime, as explained in the Daily Mail, Dr. Clare Walton, director of the Alzheimers Society in the UK: “This research reinforces what we already know about the importance of a healthy balanced regime for a healthy brain, “But she adds,” it is important that people know that there are many [things to do] in conjunction with a healthy regime to reduce the risk of dementia, including staying mentally and physically active and not smoking.