Can your diet affect your brain Health?


Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO and Consultant Neuroradiologist at Re:Cognition Health gave an insight to the Express about the impact that food can have on the brain.


There are many ongoing studies on diet and the brain, with one study indicating that the MIND diet can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53% when followed religiously (and 35% when adhered to more moderately).

The MIND diet combines principles of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet which includes an abundance of fresh leafy green vegetables, whole grain, beans, berries, poultry and olive oil. Even a glass of wine can be enjoyed within the diet (but just one a day).


Dr MacSweeney warns against foods that should be avoided such as red meat, cheese, sugar and processed foods which are nutritionally poor and lacking in vitamins and minerals, the very things we need to help the brain function at its best.


“Diet helps promote and strengthen connections in the brain, improve mood and decrease stress,” she says.

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