Cut Dementia Risk By Including These Foods In Your Diet

  • November 16, 2021 BY  Anthem Seniors
  • Anthem Senior Living

Our brain indeed is a complex organ. Beta-amyloid is found in abundance in the brains of individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, which basically is a waste product produced by our brain cells as they consume energy. This happens only when the brain is not in good shape since a healthy brain eliminates such unnecessary or damaging substance during sleep. This highlights the importance of sleeping well to cut down on beta-amyloid accumulation. However, the role your diet plays or the foods you consume cannot be overstated either for your brain health.

This blog aims to discuss the foods you should increase intake of to keep Alzheimer’s or other related dementia at bay.

Listing the foods for the brain:

For heart and brain health, experts vouch for the MIND diet, which basically combines the Mediterranean eating style and the DASH diet.

Leafy greens– This is a no-brainer. Green leafy vegetables (kale, broccoli) are a treasure trove of the vital fiber and antioxidants and nutrients like Vitamins A and C that can do your brain a world of good. Start by having 2 servings per week, gradually pace it up to six servings a week.

In fact, you should explore more color since eating a rainbow would mean gaining benefits for your overall health from specific micronutrients. Not to mention the antioxidant properties of the flavonoids that the colourful plants (berries, vegetables, beans) have in abundance, which are proven to drastically cut Alzheimer’s risk.

Power up with protein- Lower protein diets may not hold your brain in good stead. Boost brain health by getting your adequate protein. Some good sources include legumes, beans if you want your protein from plants, and animal sources include fatty fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel that contain the healthy Omega-3 fats, chicken breast and lean cuts of beef.

Some other good brain-healthy foods:

  1. Nuts (great source of antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats)
  2. Berries (blueberries are brain-protective)
  3. Whole grains
  4. Beans (proven to reduce Alzheimer’s risk)
  5. Olive oil (one of the healthiest cooking oils known to reduce cognitive decline)

You should focus not just on consuming the aforementioned foods, but also eliminate a few from your diet, such as processed red meat (that are full of preservatives, even one serving every day can increase risk for dementia by a whopping 44 percent), to slash dementia risk. Also, if you are a coffee lover, watch your intake. Drink no more than six cups per day to prevent being at the receiving end of brain diseases like dementia. Avoid added sugars (energy drinks, sweetened tea and coffee, pastries) at all costs, which otherwise can wreak havoc on your brain.

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