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Can you eat your way to brain health?

The evidence is limited that specific foods help to enhance or protect brain function with aging or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The evidence is better that leading an overall heart-healthy lifestyle can help. That includes controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, eating a plant-based diet, and getting regular exercise. Two eating plans have been proved to enhance cardiovascular health and could possibly help the brain: the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. A new diet based on these is the Mediterranean–DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet. A study found people who ate a MIND diet were less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but the findings may be only coincidental and need to be confirmed to justify significant changes in a person’s diet.
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