the MIND diet to gain 7.5 years of brain capacity

the MIND diet to gain 7.5 years of brain capacity

Today we are going to talk about the best way to feed your brain. What we eat really affects our brain capacity. It doesn’t just impact our waistline and physical health. Food also affects our brain and our mental health! What we eat influences our mood and thoughts. This also has repercussions on brain aging.

Thanks to medical imaging, we have been able to observe that the brains of middle-aged people who ate healthy, balanced meals most of their lives showed fewer signs of aging than the brains of people who have had a fast food type diet, rich in processed foods, too fatty and sugary products.

The brain ages like any other organ. Like them, he suffered the effects of age. Memory and attention abilities are more sensitive to aging. Our brains can become slower and less flexible. But if we maintain it well, we can preserve good cognitive functions for a long time. And that includes good nutrition.

To keep a brain in top shape, it is advisable to opt for a Mediterranean-style diet. American researchers from Rush University in Chicago have designed a diet called “MIND” or “spirit” in English. It is a super Mediterranean diet that gives pride of place to green leafy vegetables, chard, spinach, cabbage, salads.

It has been tested with volunteers. And this has shown that it can save 7.5 years of brain age in the elderly! It would also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A natural diet rich in plants

The MIND diet recommends eating every day three servings of whole grains, one green leafy vegetable and one. He advises to consume very regularly legumes and nutto favor the poultry and the fish with meat, to cook witholive oiland to prefer small red fruits, such as blueberries and strawberries, to other fruits, because they are full of antioxidants.

On the other hand, he recommends strongly limiting certain foods, consuming cheeses, pastries, fried foods and sweets less than once a week.

To keep a sharp mind, other studies have shown the benefits ofa natural, plant-rich diet full of vitamins and minerals, with as little processed and refined foods as possible.

This type of diet also seems improve mood : less risk of depression and anxiety. Australian researchers analyzed the diets of more than 12,000 adults who recorded everything they ate in food diaries. They showed that a higher consumption of fruits and vegetables translates after two years into well-being. And the psychological gain is not small since it is comparable to that obtained by obtaining a job for unemployed people!

The water must, of course, remain the main drink. In the MIND diet, wine is allowed but in small doses. Sugary drinks should be avoided. As for coffee, it could increase the risk of dementia beyond six cups a day, but its consumption is beneficial if it is moderate. As often in food, everything is a question of balance.

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