For preserving memory and health, pick berries and other nutritious foods.

Summer is the best time to enjoy the season’s freshest blueberries, blackberries and boysenberries. Along with strawberries, these antioxidant-rich berries have been shown to help protect against Alzheimer’s disease when eaten as part of the MIND diet.

When questioned what they fear most about getting old, many people responded with Alzheimer’s disease.

The MIND diet is the only diet specifically designed to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and slow the loss of cognitive functioning. It’s an evidence-based guide listing foods found to improve brain function.

MIND stands for Mediterranean DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet. It is a combination of the Mediterranean and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension or High blood pressure diets. Both diets have been shown to reduce heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes and reduce the risk of dementia.

The Mind diet was developed by Rush University’s Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology researchers in Chicago. It is based on the findings of many years of past research regarding foods and nutrients affect the brain.

Following the MIND diet isn’t complicated. Simply plan your meals around the 10 foods/ food groups that are recommended and stay away from the five food groups to be limited

If you are looking for a way of eating to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and slow the decline of brain function that can happen with age, the MIND diet is a great guide.

Source: The Elyria-Chronicle newspaper 7-25-2018 Phyllis J. Molnar is a registered and licensed dietitian who writes about food and health for The Chronicle-Telegram and the Gazette Email her at