Foods that may prevent Alzheimer’s ! Are there such foods ? November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month ! We just had a friend whose mom died of Alzheimer’s this week. The funeral is tomorrow, so this post is dear to my heart. Like every other disease , some people are more prone to Alzheimer’s than others. Genetic make up, environment, family history, gender can all be risk factors. While you may not to be able to control the condition, you may be able to delay onset and progression of the disease through lifestyle changes. I will be talking specifically about foods and natural supplements that may help protect against Alzheimer’s and lessen, delay progression of the condition.
A brain condition that slowly but surely deteriorates mental, emotional and finally even physical function. Some have called it a painless way of not remembering the bad memories in life. Watch this beautiful video to understand what I mean.
BTW, I first glimpsed this video on a fellow health foodie’s site called ClinicalPosters.com. If you want some high quality health and human anatomy posters you may want to check out this site. There are nice informative blog posts on Health & Nutrition too !!
Foods That May Prevent Alzheimer’s ( generally good for brain foods)
Turmeric aka curicumin : This culinary spice is gaining a lot of popularity. Studies have shown lower incidence of Alzheimer’s in countries where this spice is used liberally. The study reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct brain function in Alzheimer’s disease. A general immune system booster due to its high antioxidant capacity, turmeric is 5 to 8 times stronger than vitamins C and E.
How to use : Use liberally in chili, curries and in soups. You can use it in egg salad, chicken salad and to flavor rice. I have a lemon, turmeric flavored rice and a lentil chili with spinach and curicumin which are infused with turmeric and taste delish!
Beets : Beet juice can increase perfution or blood flow to the brain in older adults. Beets are high in nitrites and research has found that nitrites can help open up the blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen specifically to places that are lacking oxygen as in Alzheimer’s , Beet juice is good for lowering blood pressure too !
Fatty Fish : Cold water fish like tuna, trout, mackerel and salmon are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that help protect brain cells. If you can’t eat too much fish regularly, take a fish oil supplement
Walnuts : Are loaded with DHA which works like the fish. Brain protection in a nut. Great for vegans who can’t eat fish. People who have the most DHA floating in their blood seem to be less prone to develop the disease.
Supplements : These are natural supplements that can help brain function and prevent degeneration but as will all supplements check with your doctor if you wish.
Vitamin E: This vitamin is supposed to regenerate brain cells. It helps shied neurons from free radicals that damage cells. Recommended amount is 2000 iu in the form of d-alpha tocopherols form which is the most effective absorbable form.
Ginko : maximizes the blood flow to the brain and help protect from free radicals.
Coenzyme Q10 : Protects mental energy. This is especially good for people who have the beginning stages. As the condition progresses, patients become less mentally energetic. It helps stop destruction of neurons. Recommended amount is 100 mg/day
Resveratrol : Also known as the brain saving pill, inhibits the formation of sticky harmful deposits in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s . This little pill has so many other benefits as well ! It’s on my daily regimen. recommended amount is 25-50 mg/day
Vitamin D : Is the new black for everything possible. Studies have shown that this potent vitamin can work by activating certain genes and cell signaling networks to ramp up the immune system, which then clears away a key component of amyloid plaques called amyloid-beta protein. Even more interesting is the fact that it seems to work better in conjunction with curicumin.
Regular exercise increases blood flow to the brain. Keeping the mind active with brain exercises and having a good social life seem to be protective against Alzheimer’s.
Hope you found this post useful. All of these foods are brain healthy foods so no harm in adding them to your diet and improving brain power !