Martha Clare Morris is the co-author of Diet for the MIND: The Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer's and Cognitive Decline and the Director of the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging and the MIND Center for Brain Health at Rush University in Chicago. She is the Principal Investigator of multiple studies that investigate dietary risk factors for the development of Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, and other common chronic conditions of older people.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • What the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) Diet is and how has it been instrumental in slashing the risk of Alzheimer's disease in those following it by up to 53 percent.

  • The vitamins that directly protect neurons and are associated with slower cognitive decline and lower risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.

  • The specific foods endorsed by the MIND diet, along with Dr. Morris' methodology for including them.

  • A trick to incorporate healthy but calorie-dense nuts into your diet so you aren't tempted to overconsume them.

  • Why it was so hard to get research funding when Dr. Morris began her work, and what voters can do to ensure there's funding for her work to continue.

  • And much more!

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Resources from this episode:

Diet for the MIND: The Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer's and Cognitive Decline by Dr. Martha Clare Morris

Rush Institute for Healthy Aging

MIND Center for Brain Health at Rush University

Dr. Morris' published research work at ResearchGate

Dr. Morris at Twitter

Saturated Fat Could Be Good for You, Study Suggests by Ingrid Hagerup, ScienceDaily

Vitamin E Fact Sheet, National Institutes of Health

The Use of Vitamin E in the Treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease by N. Farina, D. Llewellyn, M. Isaac, and N Tabet, Cochrane

The MIND Diet: A Detailed Guide for Beginners by Keith Pearson, PhD, RD, Healthline

High Anthocyanin Intake Is Associated With a Reduced Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Young and Middle-Aged Women by Aedin Cassidy, Kenneth J. Mukamal, Lydia Liu, Mary Franz, A. Heather Eliassen, and Eric B. Rimm, Circulation

One Serving of Leafy Greens a Day May Slow Brain Aging by 11 Years, Rush University Medical Center

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal M.D.

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