Five Foods That Reduce The Risk of Dementia … by Holly Clarke & Jane Byrne.
Jane Byrne has been working in the care industry for over 5 years as a project coordinator at FirstCare. She regularly blogs about both the personal and practical challenges of caring and is always actively working on producing informative content.
Dementia is one of the most common illnesses that plagues the older generation. However, new research showed that having a healthy diet can somehow slow down the brain’s ageing and in the process, prevent dementia.
What’s more is that the study discovered bacterial infection as one of the leading causes of dementia. If this is the case, then the disease would indeed be treatable, preventable, and to a certain degree curable, with the help of maintaining a specifically designed diet that’s coupled with antibiotics, supplements, and a healthy and happy outlook in life.
Compelled to learn more? Then read on as we’re going to show you the best foods to eat to help to reduce the chances of developing dementia.
- Flavonoid-high Foods & Beverages
Flavonoids are naturally occurring chemicals present in plants that act as antioxidants. Some examples of fruits that contain these are cranberries, apples, blueberries, and grapes. Vegetables such as garlic, cabbage, onions, spinach, and peas are also great sources of flavonoids. You could make apple, orange, and tomato juice to reduce the risk of developing dementia. The more flavonoids you eat, the healthier your mind becomes.
- Vitamin C and E-rich Foods & Beverages
Eating foods that are rich in vitamin C is also a great way to “dodge” the disease. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and fruits such as strawberries and grapefruit varieties have lots of vitamin C. Not only do these make your mind healthier, but they also strengthen your immune system, making you stronger physically and mentally. You can also incorporate almonds and olive oil into your meals as these are rich in vitamin E.
- Omega-3-rich Foods
Eating Omega-3-rich foods like herring, salmon, and white tuna could slow down one’s cognitive decline by as much as 10%. This is because of the naturally occurring DHA found in fatty fish meat. DHA is crucial in a person’s brain development – thus getting more of it means the faster regeneration of brain cells. Flaxseed, walnuts, and olive oil are also rich in Omega-3, so you might want to include them in your diet as well.
- Curry Powder
Countries that are fond of eating curry meals are appear to have lower numbers of people developing dementia. Though this might be a coincidence, it does make sense because curry powder contains turmeric. Turmeric is known for its regenerative capabilities that help speed up the production of brain cells, as well as repair damaged ones. Turmeric also contains curcumin which is considered as an anti-inflammatory nutrient and antioxidant. When ingested, curcumin binds with amyloid proteins, which then prevents plaques building on brain cells.
- Foods High in Folate
Folate is another vital nutrient in the body as this is responsible for keeping a person’s cognitive capabilities performing properly. Citrus fruits, broccoli, eggs, leafy greens, asparagus, peas, and sweet corn all contain high levels of folate, thus having them in your daily diet would surely make your mind stronger.
Maintaining a healthy body isn’t all about looking good and feeling strong. You also need to ensure that your mind is at its peak performance. And it doesn’t matter if you’re growing older by the day. It doesn’t mean that your mind is less sharp as you grow older. You may be able to slow down the ageing process by eating the foods mentioned in the article. Not only do they decrease the chances of you getting dementia, but they can also help to make you physically and mentally stronger.
Article and content courtesy of Holly Clarke and Jane Byrne: First Care.