Consuming a diet high in heart-healthy foods is good for your body and mind. This diet, in general, emphasizes foods that are lower in fat and less processed, as well as a greater intake of vegetables and leaner meats and proteins. These diets may be able to lower the risk of cognitive decline as well as heart disease.

It should be noted that although organizations or individuals may endorse “medical foods” or nutritional supplements, no specific food, drink, ingredient, vitamin, or supplement has been shown to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease or any other type of dementia.

Here is some of what Katharine Lang reported for Medical News Today:

There’s plenty of evidence that a diet rich in plants and low in salt, saturated fats, and processed foods benefits overall health. Healthful diets can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseasediabetes, and cancer.

Several studieshave shown that eating a healthy diet in older age can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Now, research presented at NUTRITION 2024, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, has provided further evidence that healthy eating throughout life is key to maintaining cognitive function as we age.

The study suggests the earlier that people adopt healthy eating patterns, the more likely they are to stay mentally sharp into old age.

The findings have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.