DIET and nutrition

Several studies have show the brain longevity benefits of the Mediterranean diet.  In a study of people 65 or older, the Mediterranean diet was associated with lowered rates of MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment), and those with MCI were 48% less likely to progress to dementia.

In addition to adhering to a Mediterranean style diet, you may need to consider supplementation to ensure proper consumption of the necessary vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients necessary for brain health.  

Fact:

Between 1963 and 2000, the vitamin C content in spinach dropped by 45%.  Since 1975, the calcium in broccoli has fallen by 50%, and the iron in watercress has fallen by 90%. 

The MIND diet is a combination of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet with a focus on brain health.  Additional information can be found below.

What is the Mediterranean diet?

There's no single definition of the Mediterranean diet, but there is a general pattern of eating which is consistent with Mediterranean regions including:

  • High intake of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds and unrefined grains

  • High intake of extra virgin olive oil

  • Moderate intake of fish

  • Moderate intake of dairy

  • Moderate intake of meat, poultry and eggs

  • Moderate wine intake with meals

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