MIND diet: the only diet that gives the brain everything it needs to be young and healthy

It never stops working, even when you're asleep your brain is still at the bottom of the barrel and what do you give it in return? Surely the foods that are less convenient for you (trans fats, excess sugar, calories empty of nutrients…). The time has come for you to pamper the body director a bit and, incidentally, prevent premature aging. Doing so is possible if you follow an active and healthy lifestyle, stop smoking once and for all and you follow the commandments of the MIND diet, the diet designed to take care of the brain.

What is the MIND diet?

As we have already said, the brain never sleeps, it simply changes the frenetic periods of activity of the day for less frenetic but equally intense at night. AND You need the right fuel to do so much activityIf you do not receive it, even the brain structures may be slightly affected and, of course, its performance will not be the most optimal. Now you know who to blame for that mental fog that accompanies you sometimes, it is not the fault of your brain but rather of your poor diet.

To combat so much food disaster (neurologically speaking) the diet was created MIND (acronym for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay), a type of regimen that according to the American researchers who have created it is capable of reducing the risk of future neurodegerative diseases such as Alzheimer's by 30 to 54%.

What are the healthiest foods for the brain according to the MIND diet?

The authors of the Chicago University Responsible for the MIND diet list the foods that are the best for the brain and with which we must make all our dishes from now on. In the list are all the vegetables (with special mention to green leafy ones, but not only them), legumes, nuts, blueberries, whole grains, fish (especially rich in omega 3), lean meat from poultry (turkey and chicken) and extra virgin olive oil.

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The combination of these foods in our daily diet supplies the brain with a good amount of antioxidant compounds and anti-inflammatories that help fight free radical damage and inflammation in brain structures. In addition, this selection of nutrients also provides high-quality proteins, B vitamins, minerals (such as iron and zinc) and choline, an essential nutrient for memory and mood control.

All these nutrients and micronutrients are good for brain neurotransmitters, those in charge of transporting the messages that travel from brain cells to the rest of the organs. Essential functions for health such as sleep, breathing, heart rate and the feeling of satiety depend on maintaining a good network of neurotransmitters.

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