Dr Oz: Cut Risk Of Alzheimer’s In Half with Mind Diet
Dr Oz announced that there is a groundbreaking new way to lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia and affects an estimated 5.1 million people in the United States. Now a study has revealed that there may be a way to prevent the disease that’s as easy as changing the way you eat. Researchers spent years looking at how nutrition affects the development of Alzheimer’s. They found that by modifying both the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, they could create one diet called “the mind diet.” Even following the diet moderately can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by 35%.
Dr Oz welcomed Dr Mark Hyman to his show to talk about the Mind Diet. Dr Hyman said the diet is good for anyone, including the elderly. He said dementia isn’t something that just happens and you can actually work to slash your risk. He said it’s not just about what you take away, but also about what you add.
Dr Oz: Leafy Greens & Berries To Prevent Alzheimer’s
Dr Oz then explained that there are ten new food groups that can actually slash your Alzheimer’s risk by up to 50%. First, you want one to two servings of leafy green vegetables in your diet because they contain folate. You can put them in a smoothie or use them in salads to get the servings you need. Plus you need one serving a day of other, colorful vegetables.
Next, you want to be sure to get two servings of berries per week. Dr Hyman said your grocery store should be your “farm-acy” and your fridge should be your medicine cabinet. Just by having two servings of berries a week you can have a brain that is two and a half years younger.
Dr Oz: Why You Should Eat More Fish
You should also try to get at least one serving of fish a week. Fish is full of brain-healthy fats called DHA and 60% of our brain is made up of fat, “so you want fish for brains.” It’s also a good idea to get five servings of nuts a week in order to get more of those healthy fats. Salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines are examples of good fish to eat.
Dr Hyman reiterated that anyone can do the diet and it’s not overwhelming.
Dr Oz: Enjoy A Glass Of Red Wine
Dr Oz was then excited to share that the diet also calls for you to drink one glass of red wine per day. Dr Hyman explained that it’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and Alzheimer’s is a disease of inflammation. Wine and green tea can prevent the buildup of plaque in the brain. It’s important to remember that they’re talking about just one glass per day, not two.
Dr Oz: 90-10 Diet Rule
Dr Hyman said that the mind diet calls for the 90-10 rule, which means 90% of the time you’re eating well and 10% of the time you can have a little fun. It was found that eating red meat less than four times a week cannot cause problems. As for cheese, you should shoot for less than 1/3 cup per week because it’s fattening, containing saturated fats.
You should also limit yourself to just one tablespoon of butter per day and less than five servings per week of sweets. Dr Hyman said it’s known that sugar is one of the biggest drivers of Alzheimer’s, which is why they sometimes call it “type 3 diabetes.”
Dr Oz said that what makes this diet different than all others is that you don’t have to follow it directly, just as much as you can, in order to get some benefits from it. Just do what you can! So do you think you’ll give it a shot?