Mediterranean diet salad with olive oil, avoid dementia

Most people think of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, olive oil and fish as being good for the heart. The Mediterranean diet is in the news again because of its benefits for the brain. Could it help you avoid dementia?

What You Eat May Help You Avoid Dementia:

The Health and Retirement Study:

New data presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggests that the same diet that protects the heart may reduce cognitive impairment as people age. Roughly 6,000 older Americans participating in the Health and Retirement Study took tests of their cognitive function. They also recorded data about their diets. Those who stuck closely to a Mediterranean-type diet or a MIND diet were 35 percent more likely to do well on the mental tests (McEvoy et al, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, April 25, 2017).

What Is the MIND Diet?

The MIND diet combines features of the Mediterranean diet with the DASH diet and stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (Morris, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, March 2016). It includes plenty of leafy vegetables, berries, beans, nuts and fruit, along with whole grains, fish and occasionally chicken. The primary fat is olive oil, and people are allowed to drink some wine with meals. People on a MIND diet avoid fried foods, sweets, butter, margarine, cheese and red meat.

The Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study:

The MIND diet was also the focus of another study presented at the conference. Scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine collected data from more than 7,000 older women for nearly ten years. Those whose diets most closely resembled a MIND diet, with little or no red meat, saturated fat or fried foods were 34 percent less likely to develop dementia during the decade.

Alzheimer’s Association International Conference

If you would like guidance on a DASH diet or a Mediterranean diet to help you keep your blood pressure and heart healthy and avoid dementia, you can find it in our book, Quick & Handy Home Remedies.

Get The Graedons' Favorite Home Remedies Health Guide for FREE

Join our daily email newsletter with breaking health news, prescription drug information, home remedies AND you'll get a copy of our brand new full-length health guide — for FREE!

  1. J. David Auner
    Springfield, MO, USA

    I am convinced by my experience with a population fed one of the worst diets in the world that dementia is diet related. Safe fish is rarely available to average people in the midwest, however. Safe chicken, grain fed, is available in a few stores, but more expensive than poultry-fed industrial oils. The food industry billionaires are not on the side of Americans.
    Red meat, in averages, means hamburger which is 75% consumed in joints with really unsafe French fries and other fried food. Beef, sheep and goats are actually the safest meats in the midwest because of the ruminant digestion – they die if fed industrial oils. Dairy products have always shown healthy effects in studies. “Cured” meats, by the number, are mostly chicken/pork hotdogs which I don’t recommend except to your worst enemies.

  2. Carol N

    My husband has had an early onset Dementia for years. Finally in 2007, he had to be in a nursing home, as i was unable to care for him at home, (Coding on an operating table in a routine surgery) . All our married life , he ate ONLY good foods. Fish, vegetables, NO added sugars, no artificial sweeteners.

    We had gardens, and bought foods with no chemicals in them, buying local only products without pesticide sprays. He took his vitamins, and Ginko every single day. Was very active. Everyone jumps on the same wagon to spout if u do all that u will not get Dementia. Sometimes, Dementia takes you away despite efforts to stop it, and theres nothing you can do about it!

What Do You Think?

We invite you to share your thoughts with others, but remember that our comment section is a public forum. Please do not use your full first and last name if you want to keep details of your medical history anonymous. A first name and last initial or a pseudonym is acceptable. Advice from other commenters on this website is not a substitute for medical attention. Do not stop any medicine without checking with the prescriber. Stopping medication suddenly could result in serious harm. We expect comments to be civil in tone and language. By commenting, you agree to abide by our commenting policy and website terms & conditions. Comments that do not follow these policies will not be posted. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Your cart

Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.