Mediterranean and MIND Diets Can Boost Senior Brainpower
For seniors, following certain diets can boost brainpower. Researchers asked 5,907 adults over age 50 to fill out questionnaires about their eating habits. Consuming more foods associated with either one of two related diets was associated with better brain function. (The researchers didn’t prove cause and effect, however.) Both the Mediterranean and MIND diets emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and fish while limiting red meats, margarine, cheese, pastries, sweets, and fried and fast foods. The effect appeared to be greater for people who more closely stuck to the diets, so the closer you follow one of these eating plans—which are also recommended for diabetes management—the better.
Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, published online Aug. 14, 2017