Protect Yourself Against Dementia
Unfortunately, there are many people currently living with dementia, with the degenerative disease being especially common amongst seniors. Despite this, dementia is not considered to be a normal part of aging. At present, the World Health Organisation estimates that there are 50 million people worldwide who suffer from dementia, with 10 million new cases reported every year.
The good news is that scientifically backed studies have discovered that by tweaking your diet, you may be able to keep dementia at bay, with some foods associated with a reduced risk of the disease.
What Should You Eat And What Should You Avoid?
So let’s start with the basics: What shouldn’t you be eating? Well reports suggest that it is a good idea to limit your intake of processed foods, red meat and foods that contain nitrate or diacetyl. On top of this, try to cut back on white foods, such as white bread and sugar, as these foods can induce memory loss.
So what should you be eating instead? Well in order for your brain to function optimally, it needs the correct fuel, think lean meats, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables. The more we can focus on these foods and ingest fewer sugars, the better our brain health will be. If you want to supercharge your diet try adding foods such as fatty fish, virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, berries and leafy greens, all of which are linked with better cognitive function.
Try to eat at least one cup per day of leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, which are full of Vitamin K and antioxidants to help boost your brain power.
Other great foods for brain health include nuts and avocado, that are high in both healthy fats and antioxidants. Beans and legumes should also get a mention as they possess a mix of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre which help optimize brain function. Beans and legumes contain choline which has been linked to boosting a neurotransmitter which plays a critical part in brain function.
So the takeaway message of this article to protect yourself against dementia, is to focus on the following foods:
- Lean meats and fish
- Healthy oils
- Fruits – Especially berries
- Vegetables – Especially dark leafy greens
And to cut down on these foods:
- Processed foods
- Red meat
- Foods containing nitrate or diacetyl
- Foods containing a lot of sugar
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