Delay The Onset Of Dementia With These Memory-boosting Foods

  • October 24, 2019 BY  Anthem Seniors
  • Anthem Senior Sanctuary, senior living in Anthem

There are no two ways about eating a healthy diet being very important for the general well-being, but it might be even more beneficial in the prevention and delay of the advancement of Alzheimer’s disease. Diet aside, genetics, stress, and mental stimulation are other factors that should be taken into account for prevention. Great mental health can easily be maintained by eating brain foods alongside managing stress, keeping a regular sleep schedule and incorporating mental stimulation with activities like completing puzzles, learning a new language, adopting new hobbies, etc.

Nutrition is about eating a healthy diet in order for your body to get the nutrients that it needs. Good nutrition is essential, no matter what your age as it gives energy and can help you maintain healthy weight, and may also help prevent some diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, etc. With age, your body and life change and so does what you need to eat to stay healthy. Some changes that happen with age that can make it difficult for someone to eat healthy includes difficulty chewing or swallowing your food; changes in sense of smell and taste; medicine, which can make mouth dry, change how food tastes, cause loss of appetite, etc.; changes in home life like having trouble getting around and suddenly living all by yourself, etc.

Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, wound care, respiratory diseases, heart disease, diabetes, etc. are some of the senior health challenges Anthem Senior Living in Phoenix works with. Expect for your senior loved one to receive the best form of senior living in Anthem care and support in the hands of our experienced and compassionate caregivers.

Tips to eat healthy as you age:

  1. Eat foods that give lots of nutrients without a lot of extra calories, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds and lean meats, poultry and eggs.
  2. Regular physical activity is essential.
  3. Avoid foods with lots of calories but few nutrients, such as baked goods, chips, soda, alcohol, etc.
  4. Go for foods that are low in cholesterol and fat, especially saturated (usually fats that come from animals) and trans fats.
  5. Always drink enough liquids to stay hydrated as some people with age lose their sense of thirst.

Here’s a list of top “brain foods:”

  1. Dark greens
  2. Lean red meat
  3. Nuts
  4. Salmon (high in Omega 3)
  5. Beans
  6. Blueberries (rich in antioxidants)
  7. Avocado
  8. Tomatoes
  9. Brown rice
  10. Whole grains
  11. Green tea
  12. Quinoa

According to researchers, Mediterranean diet helps keep aging brains sharp and evidence links foods such as those in the diet with better memory, cognitive function and alertness.

Memory-boosting foods for you to consider:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids– Omega-3 fatty acids may help improve memory as they seem to lower the development of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain while also reducing inflammation (both are associated with dementia), and is essential for good brain health with seafood, algae and fatty fish including salmon, sardines, bluefin tuna being some of the best sources of the omega-3 fatty acid.

Leafy Green Vegetables- According to studies, a single daily serving of spinach, kale, or other leafy green vegetables might slow cognitive decline. Moreover, eating adequate vegetables particularly cruciferous ones like cabbage, broccoli, etc. may help improve memory.

Nuts– Nuts like walnuts is well-known for a positive impact on the health of your ticker, it can also play a major role in improving cognitive function.

Berries– Berries, especially dark ones such as blackberries, blueberries protect the brain’s glial cells that comprise 90 percent of the brain’s tissue and protects nerve cells from damage. Furthermore, they are a rich source of anthocyanins and other flavonoids that may boost memory function.

Maintaining healthy blood sugar is of significant importance as researchers have linked high blood sugar with Alzheimer’s disease.