In observance of World Alzheimer’s Month, Lily Sarafan, expert and author on aging and care, shares her tips for a dementia-free diet. Chances are, the suggestions below are already a part of your healthy diet, but, if not, now is a great time to start!
Tips for a Dementia Free Diet
1. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are extremely rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that improves how blood vessels function and skin health. Additionally, a recent study revealed that vitamin C helps to dissolve plaque build-up in the brain which can be caused by the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Vitamin E, a naturally occurring antioxidant found in nuts, has also been linked with lowering an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E promotes healthy blood vessels that produce oxygen rich blood, a crucial component to a healthy mind.
Over the past several decades, scientists have closely studied the beneficial effects linked to omega-3 fatty acids that can be found in oily cold-water fish such as salmon and herring. A balanced diet that includes omega-3 fatty acids decreases inflammation in the body and enhances heart function.
For all you coffee lovers, a 2009 study from the University of South Florida revealed that there are, in fact, benefits to consuming a daily cup-of-joe. The study demonstrated that caffeinated coffee reduced blood levels of plaque forming protein and cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, decaffeinated coffee fails to have the same effect.
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