Could this eating plan ward off dementia symptoms in later life? There have been a lot of weight-loss fads and trends over the years and the New Year brings these to the forefront. The MIND diet has been specifically devised by epidemiologists from a leading medical school. It combines superfoods such as wholegrains, nuts and berries, while encouraging meals packed with large doses of antioxidants. (Source: Independent).
Those following the diet should create meals including at least three servings of whole grains, a salad and one other vegetable every day and then for maximum enjoyment this should be washed down with a glass of red wine. Snacking on nuts every day, beans every other day and consuming poultry and berries twice a week have shown that the risk of developing Alzheimer’s is reduced.
A balanced diet is key for good health
Dieters should also avoid certain foods, limiting the intake of butter, sugar, red meat and fried or fast food. It is also important to remember that in addition to eating well people should remain active, both physically and mentally.
Dr Laura Phipps of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said at the time that the study was published that while age is a factor in developing the disease, a person’s lifestyle may also play a role. It is difficult to be certain about which particular aspect of a diet is most beneficial, if there is one.
Before this diet can be recommended it will need to be tested in clinical trials across a diverse population. However, this healthy eating diet has all sorts of benefits including combating diabetes and heart disease.
At Sussex Grange, a varied diet is offered to our residents to ensure they have a good variety of nutrients across the week. ‘Tea and Toast’ quiz days are definitely among the favourites in our home!
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