The MIND diet was developed by Mary Clare Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University. A blend of the Mediterranean and DASH diets, it focuses on foods that have been shown scientifically to improve brain health.
Morris found that older people who already choose to eat this way - adhering to DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and MIND, or Mediterranean-DASH diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay - are less likely to get Alzheimer's and perform better on cognitive tests than typical Americans. She will soon test whether switching to this diet is helpful.
The diet includes 10 healthy categories:
There are also five unhealthy categories you should limit or avoid: