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Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay

Martha Clare Morris
After two decades of research on nutrition and dementia there is strong evidence for preventive effects of vitamin E, B vitamins, and n-3 fatty acids and deleterious effects of saturated fat on dementia. Among specific foods with evidence of neuroprotection are green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, berries, and seafood. A number of studies have examined dietary patterns, particularly the Mediterranean diet and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), neither of which is tailored to the specific foods and nutrients that have been identified as neuroprotective...
March 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Martha Clare Morris, Christy C Tangney, Yamin Wang, Frank M Sacks, Lisa L Barnes, David A Bennett, Neelum T Aggarwal
INTRODUCTION: The Mediterranean and dash diets have been shown to slow cognitive decline; however, neither diet is specific to the nutrition literature on dementia prevention. METHODS: We devised the Mediterranean-Dietary Approach to Systolic Hypertension (DASH) diet intervention for neurodegenerative delay (MIND) diet score that specifically captures dietary components shown to be neuroprotective and related it to change in cognition over an average 4.7 years among 960 participants of the Memory and Aging Project...
September 2015: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
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