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There are things you can do to help prevent the onset of dementia. The foods you eat play a part in the fight against dementia. This list helps you get started.Unfortunately, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are becoming more common. The number of those afflicted in the United States alone is expected to double over the next two decades.
There are things you can do to help prevent the onset of dementia. Regular exercise can help someone with the disease maintain their independence longer as their cognitive function declines. Studies show that a stressful lifestyle can increase your chances of developing the disease. In the fall of 2017, Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine identified a mental exercise that reduces the risk of dementia called “speed of processing.”
Your diet can play a significant part in keeping dementia at bay. If you have already started to see the onset of dementia, it can help to delay further symptoms as long as possible.This list can help you get started on the path to a healthier diet that will help you in combating dementia.
Foods That Fight Dementia
Leafy GreensYou will get the most benefit from leafy greens if they are raw. Cooking reduces most of the nutritional benefits. A joint study by Rush University Medical Center and Tufts University found that participants who had at least one serving of leafy greens such as Kale, lettuce, and spinach a day slowed brain aging by 11 years. These greens are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin K, and folate, as well as B9. Working together, this combination of nutrients can help maintain a healthy mind well into old age.
NutsNuts are another way to get your daily dose of antioxidants. They also contain healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids that help protect the brain. Walnuts are particularly high in omega-3s. Make sure that when eating nuts, you choose unsalted varieties. Nuts are also an essential component of the MIND Diet. In one study, it demonstrated as much as a 53 percent reduction for the risk of dementia.
Sunflower and Pumpkin SeedsThese seeds can be a perfect snack and are great for maintaining brain health. The zinc contained in them helps the body to heal, as does the vitamin E. Just like beans, they contain choline.
Other Helpful Vegetables
Replacing the vegetable oil and canola oil with olive oil will greatly improve both body and brain.Recent studies have shown that a diet rich in olive oil can reduce toxic proteins in the brain. This also maintains the strength of connectivity between neurons. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats that help reduce cholesterol and improve brain and body health. The vitamin E and antioxidants in olive oil help the brain function better as well.
Eat Real Food
You can reduce the risk factors of developing dementia and cognitive decline with the right foods and diet. The mediterranean diet is rich with foods that provide such health benefits. It’s definitely worth researching. Reduce your intake of red meat, fried foods and fast food. Daily physical activity manages your weight more effectively, lower blood pressure, and prevent diabetes or the risk of heart disease.
Incorporate these foods regularly into your diet to reduce the risk of developing alzheimer’s and dementia.
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Editing and additional research by Kyle Murray, Content Manager of Aware Senior Care.