Diet and Alzheimer's Disease

 

Diet and Alzheimer's Disease

 

Research has shown that a plant based diet is not only beneficial to the brain, but may also help to prevent dementias including Alzheimer’s disease. Eating well can help to protect our memory as we grow older.

Saturated and trans fats which are found in dairy products, meat, fried foods, and pastries can have a negative impact on brain health and increase the risk of cognitive decline. Instead, research suggests we eat a plant based diet, including berries and foods rich in Vitamin E, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and whole grains.

Research suggests that you should also take a B12 supplement to preserve nerve function, but avoid supplements which contain iron and copper, which can be harmful to brain health. Only take iron supplements if instructed by your doctor. Be sure to choose aluminium-free products including cookware and baking powder.

In addition to diet, sleep and regular exercise are vital for optimal brain health.

 

Source: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

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