Eating a proper diet can improve the memory of stroke survivors, says new study

Researchers have always said that the stroke survivors are more prone to suffering from dementia as compared to the general pollution. But, according to the latest study, if the stroke survivors eat leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, berries, and fish then they can better their memory. The study also revealed that eating foods cooked with olive oil and drinking wine can significantly increase memory power in case of stroke survivors. That means eating a proper and healthy diet might substantially slow down the cognitive decline seen in stroke survivors. The name of the diet suggested by the researchers is MIND, a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension).

The MIND diet emphasizes on 10 brain healthy or memory boosting foods like vegetables, leafy greens, berries, beans, whole grains, poultry, fish, olive oil and wine. Lead author Dr. Laurel J. Cherian from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, US informed that the foods that promote brain health including vegetables, berries, fish and olive oil, are included in the MIND diet. According to the scientists, the stroke survivors are twice more likely to suffer from dementia compared to normal population. So the latest research promises to slow down the cognitive decline in stroke survivors if they consume the diets proposed in MIND.

Co-author of the study Martha Clare Morris and her team created the MIND diet for stroke survivors based on data and information from years of research regarding what foods and nutrients have good and bad effects on the functioning of the brain. The MIND diet is effective in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in seniors if they strictly adhere to the recommendations. Also, the study found out that, people who moderately adhered to the MIND diet also had decreased risk of dementia as well as cognitive decline.

For the research, the scientists took into account 106 patients from 2004-2007, who had a history of stroke for cognitive decline, including a significant decrease in one’s ability to think, remember and reason. The scientists then divided those 106 patients into three groups- strictly adherent to MIND diet, moderately adherent to MIND diet and least adherent to MIND diet. They examined the participants closely until their deaths, for an average of 5.9 years and also monitored the eating habits of the patients with the help of food journals.

After analyzing the results, they came to the conclusion that, the patients eating proper MIND based diet had a significantly slower cognitive decline compared to those who were least adhered to the MIND diet. So, from the latest study, it can be said that, eating foods recommended in MIND might substantially increase the memory power of the stroke survivors.

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