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What you eat plays a big role in how healthy you are. For years, doctors have said food impacts your heart health. Now, there’s evidence to suggest the same can be said for brain health. You may be able to ward off Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or stroke with what’s on your plate.
Dr. Philip Lee with Mercy Clinic Neurology breaks down two brain diets so you can decide if one may be right for you.
May help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, heart disease and stroke.
The Mediterranean diet is inspired by the lifestyle and food preparation from countries near the Mediterranean Sea. Research has shown this diet increases lifespan, improves brain and eye function and even helps combat rheumatoid arthritis. It emphasizes:
May help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The MIND diet is a combination of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. High blood pressure is a risk factor for dementia, so the MIND diet focuses on eating foods that can lower your blood pressure, including:
You should limit your intake of butter and margarine, cheese, red meat, fried food, pastries and other sweets. All of those foods have saturated fats and trans fats, which you want to avoid.
Sample dinner menu:
Talk to your Mercy doctor or dietitian about what plan is best for you. We will work closely with you to develop a personalized plan to help you achieve your health goals.
Dr. Philip Lee is a fellowship-trained neurologist practicing at Mercy Clinic Neurology in St. Louis.