It’s never too early in life to nurture your brain. In fact, cognitive decline can actually start in early adulthood — a time when most of us assume we’re golden. What you choose to eat can save your brain from years of cognitive aging and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
New research based on data from thousands of adults suggests that the Mediterranean-DASH hybrid diet known as the MIND diet is a simple, whole-food approach to doing just that. Better yet, the MIND diet is even simpler than its component diets because it requires less fish than the Mediterranean diet, less dairy than the DASH diet and less fruit than either one. Overall, it has fewer required servings of grains, vegetables, fruits and fish, no emphasis on dairy and no limits on total fat to worry about. Eating for optimal brain health is easier than you think — no special supplements required. Unless popping a handful of blueberries counts.