Do you have a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s disease? If you do, then you know upsetting of a condition it truly is. They call it the “long, slow good-bye” because it’s a disease that slowly robs the person of their memory and their ability to function. I know – my grandfather suffered for many years and I saw the toll it took on my father.
The bad news – there is no treatment for Alzheimer’s, only medications that can slow the process.
The good news – you can reduce your risk by 40% through what you eat. That’s right – filling you body with the right foods and eliminating the wrong ones can possibly keep you from developing Alzheimer’s.
Researchers at Columbia University studied more than 2,100 New York residents, age 65 and older, about their dietary patterns, for over 4 years. What they found was that those who followed a Mediterranean-style diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, fish, poultry, and low in saturated fat (high-fat dairy, organ meats, butter) had a 38% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s than someone whose diet was the opposite. To read more about the study, click on the following link:
Interestingly enough, these are the same recommendations for reducing your risk of heart disease. It makes sense that a diet that promotes healthy blood vessels to your heart should also improve the vessels providing blood to your brain.
The bottom line: a heart-healthy diet is also a brain-healthy diet. A diet rich in colorful fruits and veggies (high fiber, lots of antioxidants), fish (omega-3 fatty acids), whole grains (fiber, antioxidants), olive oil (monounsaturated fats) will decrease the inflammation in the body, reducing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Just remember to keep the pro-inflammatory foods (white flour, sugar, fried foods, sweets, soda, high-fat dairy, fatty meats, butter) to a minimum.