There is much concern over the rising incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Therefore, attention has turned to researching food and developing a healthy diet that can prevent mental decline. Researchers at Rush University have come up with a dietary plan known as the Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND). This diet combines the heart-healthy DASH diet with the Mediterranean diet to form an eating plan that prevents heart attack and stroke as well as improves brain health and slows memory loss in stroke patients.
11. Leafy Greens
Nutritious foods create strong muscles and bones and promote a healthy heart. Additionally, healthful foods can contribute to brain health and a strong, well-functioning mind. Leafy green vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This makes them excellent sources of nutrition your whole body can use. Additionally, the lutein in leafy greens is now being touted as important for brain health and development as well as for eye health. Leafy green vegetables like spinach or kale can be added to smoothies, folded into omelets, or enjoyed as salads.
10. Other Vegetables
Leafy greens aren’t the only vegetables that pack a brain-boosting punch. The second of the 10 food groups the MIND diet promotes as healthy for your brain are other vegetables. Bright orange veggies like pumpkin, carrots, and sweet potatoes are good sources of vitamin A, B vitamins, and antioxidants. White potatoes also contain vitamin B6 for a healthy nervous system. Colorful vegetables contain antioxidants, which prevent cell damage by free radicals. Avocados, peas, and potatoes provide magnesium, which studies show may improve mental function and memory. A leafy green salad served with sliced tomatoes, diced red onion, and shaved carrots can protect your brain and fuel your body.