This year, Julianne Moore swept the Best Actress nominations during awards season for her portrayal of a woman going through the debilitating early stages of Alzheimer’s in the movie, Still Alice. It was believable, it was raw, and it was completely frightening—especially since this very real disease affects 40 million people globally, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. Oh, and of the 5 million cases in the U.S., over two-thirds are women. Yeah—we’ll let that sink in for a minute. But before you go lamenting your future prematurely, there’s good news—scientists have discovered that new diet can actually decrease the risk of Alzheimer by up to 53%. Coined as the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet—or, the MIND diet—it combines aspects of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH with a focus on brain-boosting berries and actually sounds completely do-able. So, if you were expecting a super-strict list of raw foods, or crazy fermented options, you might be surprised; instead the list of approved foods includes green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine. Foods to avoid include butter, red meat, cheese, pastries, and processed, fried, or fast foods. Sounds pretty reasonable, right? (We’re usually on board for any diet that calls for a glass of wine a day.)
And here’s some more encouraging news—even following this diet modestly (a.k.a. accounting weekends when you’re hungover and just need a burger and fries) can still help: researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that those who followed the MIND diet modestly still had a 35% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, while those who followed it closely were at a 53% lower risk. Cheers to that!
Click over to Medical News Today to read more about the diet and tell us—is this something you would follow?