Eating for Your Brain as a Senior
If you could keep your brain sharp and stave off dementia with specific foods, you'd probably grab your grocery list. Well, start writing. Whether it's due to their ability to fight off harmful free radicals, keep brain blood vessels clear of debris or because of an evolutionary boost from plant-based chemicals, a variety of foods appear to give aging brains a healthy edge.
Berries, Coleslaw and Your Brain
The MIND diet , introduced early last year and ranked for the first time in Best Diets 2016 , was created specifically to reduce dementia risk in older adults. Researcher Martha Clare Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center, and colleagues combined features from the DASH diet and Mediterranean diet to create the MIND diet, which includes 10 brain-healthy food groups: green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, wine and berries, especially blueberries.