Which diet is best for senior Alzheimer’s patients?
You can use the following list to figure out what to eat.
• Whole grains: three servings a day
• Green vegetables at least six times a week
• Other vegetables at least once a day
• Berries at least two times a week
• Not more than four servings of red meat a week
• Fish at least once a week
• Poultry at least twice a week
• Beans more than three times a week
• Nuts at least five times a week
• Fries or fast food less than once a week
• Mainly olive oil for cooking
• Less than a tablespoon of butter or margarine once a day
• One serving of cheese per week
• Less than five pastries or sweets per week
• One glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage per day
Both the MIND and Mediterranean diets reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease; however, MIND is a more flexible diet, making it easier for some Americans to follow. For example, the Mediterranean diet recommends eating fish multiple times a week, which can be challenging.
Remember that you do not have to follow a perfect diet to benefit. The study’s participants who ate the healthiest diet (an average score of 9.6 points out of 15) reduced their risk the most, while those who scored in the middle (7.5 points) still reduced their risk by over a third. Think about improving your scores and brain health by focusing on just one or two of the habits above.