The 'Mind Diet' may help memory/dementia

The 'Mind Diet' may help memory/dementia

Changing your diet could boos your memory and lower your chances of dementia.

Sylvia Perez with the FOX affiliate in Chicago, Illinois talked with a couple who decided to give this so-called 'mind diet' a try.

Max and Sandy are part of a study to determine how a change in diet can not only help their memory, but also decrease their chances of dementia and Alzheimer's.

Max said, "Watching my mother go through Alzheimer's was motivation and I wished back then we had focused on these sorts of triggers."

The triggers he's talking about are food, something that has not really been the focus of studies about memory until now.

Nutritional Epidemiologist, Martha Claire Morris, wanted to see how a variation in combining two popular diets, the Mediterranean Diet and the Dash Diet, to treat hypertension would impact brain disease. "We took the core components of those very well studied diets and then modified each one of their components to reflect what we know about nutrition and brain."

She coined her new diet the 'Mind Diet.'

In two studies published in 2015, Morris and colleagues found the Mind Diet lowered the risk of Alzheimer's by a whopping 53% in people who followed it rigorously.

And surprisingly, even those who only followed it moderately, experienced an impressive benefit. "People who even scored in intermediate range they had a 35% reduction in the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease," said Morris.

The mind diet includes eating at least three servings of whole grains, a green leafy salad and one other vegetable every day along with a glass of wine.

It also includes snacking on most days on nuts and eating beans every other day, fish once a week, poultry and specifically berries at least twice a week.

The foods to limit or avoid are butter, cheese, fried or fast foods and pastries and sweets.

This first of its kind study is tracking more than 600 people over 3-years who are 65-85, but Marris says she believes the mind diet can benefit almost anyone. "It's very likely the Mind diet will be a health benefit to adults of any age and even for children ... This is the way we will probably eat forever," said Sandy.

Researchers are now looking for more people to take part in this study.

Click here to learn more about the study.