The MIND diet is a combination of two heart-healthy diets that has been optimized for brain health. It was created by researchers at Rush University in Chicago, IL, where it was developed and tested over decades of follow-up research. Those years of research in large groups of older adults resulted in two very promising papers published in Alzheimer’s journal that indicated following the MIND diet may cut the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in half (by up to 53%), and keep the brain 7.5 years younger.
The aptly named “MIND” diet stands for Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.
It is based on 10 kinds of healthy foods to eat (e.g. vegetables, nuts, berries), and 5 kinds to limit (e.g. red meat). However, no food groups are outright eliminated, and there are no outlandish foods. The eating pattern can be used as a framework in a variety of global cuisines, so there’s something for everyone.
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