Alzheimer’s is a slow-progressing disease.
Its first biological signs appear about 15 years before the symptoms themselves.
... And according to several studies, its development could be prevented or delayed by a healthy diet.
Alzheimer's would, therefore, join diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer, on the list of diseases that are influenced by what one eats.
Researchers came to this conclusion by performing several epidemiological studies.
Although some of these studies led to different findings, most of them revealed a correlation between people's eating habits and the appearance or absence of cognitive decline.
The "MIND" diet was created on the basis of these results. It is inspired both by the Mediterranean diet and the "DASH" diet, two strategies already used to reduce hypertension.
The "MIND" diet prioritizes different food groups.
The first is vegetables, especially leafy greens, but also nuts, berries, legumes, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil ... and even wine.
Generally speaking, the more colors there are on your plate, the better.
The MIND diet also suggests avoiding red meat and saturated fats from margarine and cheese and especially butter.
According to a study carried out by the proponents of this diet, when strictly adhered to MIND makes it possible to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by more than 50%
Even people who only partially adopt the MIND diet see benefits. According to the same study, their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is reduced by 35%.
The presence of food rich in B vitamins as well as in omega-3 fatty acids could explain these good results, but this hypothesis still needs to be confirmed.
That said, we now have yet another good reason to eat a well-balanced diet.
And according to experts, it is never too late to start.