Cheer’s to some toast-worthy health news! Having a daily glass of red wine helps to keep your brain healthy for as long as seven and a half additional years according to new study results published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia.
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It’s long been known that what we put in our mouths has a significant effect on the health of both our bodies and brains. From there we get the two most healthy diets you can follow; the DASH diet, which has been named the best diet overall for four years running, and the Mediterranean diet, which is tied to everything from delayed ageing to improved skin.
Researchers in Chicago wanted to take it a step further. The Rush University Medical Center looked at how both of these widely touted diets would fare at preventing dementia. In doing so they created a new eating regimen that marries the two, aptly dubbed the MIND diet.
Their results? A diet that puts all of the best food in your body like leafy greens, fish, nuts, whole grains, beans, berries, and a daily glass of red wine. They found when older folk stuck to the MIND diet for at least five years, their brains aged at a level consistent to someone seven and a half years their junior.
This is huge news when you consider that Alzheimer’s is sixth in the leading causes of death in the United States. Nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, one of the diet’s developers says that even a five year delay in the onset of dementia can lead to reducing the cost of treatment by half.
Researchers say it’s as much about avoiding taking in harmful things as it is giving the body optimal nutrition and the diet limits butter to one serving a day and sweets once a week.
That’s a bummer but at least your daily glass of wine will help you get over it.