MIND diet may help maintain cognitive function, a new study suggests. Previous researches have shown that a diet called the MIND diet can be beneficial for older adults.
The MIND diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets. It is developed by Martha Clare Morris, ScD, who was a Rush nutritional epidemiologist, and her colleagues.
Previous researches have also shown that the MIND diet may reduce a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease dementia.
Now a study suggests that the MIND diet was associated with better cognitive function. The study participants who used the MIND diet moderately later in life did not have cognition problems.
The study findings were published on Sept. 14 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
In this research, the investigators examined the associations of diet and cognitive functioning in older adults who participated. The researchers tracked 569 participants and asked them to complete annual evaluations and cognitive tests. The researchers wanted to analyze if they had developed memory and thinking problems.
The study found that the MIND diet is associated with better cognitive functions.
"We found that a higher MIND diet score was associated with better memory and thinking skills independently of Alzheimer's disease pathology and other common age-related brain pathologies. The diet seemed to have a protective capacity and may contribute to cognitive resilience in the elderly." Klodian Dhana, MD, PhD, lead author of the paper, said.