MIND diet & cognitive decline

Executive summary

* The anacronym MIND stands for Mediterranean–DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The diet is the fruit/veg/grain/legume, largely plant-based, diet, which we have been advised to consume for years.

* Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) are rare in the field of nutrition due to cost and difficulty. This week's note reviews a large (600 people), long (3 years) RCT testing the MIND diet for cognitive decline.

* The main outcome of interest was change in performance in cognitive tests. The second outcome of interest was MRI assessment of brain characteristics.

* There were no differences between the MIND-diet group and the control-diet group in either outcome of interest.

 

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