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Current evidence suggests that combining a heart-healthy eating plan with a program of regular physical activity may help protect the brain. And good example of this approach, the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan tops the list of best diets for the eighth year in a row, according to the annual ranking of 38 diets by the National Institutes of Health.

The DASH eating plan emphasizes vegetables and whole grains and encourages low intake of red meat, sweets and sugary drinks, and foods that are high in sodium. The National Institutes of Health offers a great resource guide to successfully making the DASH Eating Plan work for you.