How To Fight Alzheimer’s With Food

 

Leafy Greens & Veggies

Many anti-Alzheimer’s diets recommend frequent servings of green leafy vegetables. Kale, spinach, broccoli, collards and other greens are chalk full of vitamins A, C and other nutrients. Although researchers have found that six or more servings per week provides the greatest brain benefit, even as little as two servings a week can help.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Studies have found that eating fish at least once a week helps protect brain function.  The omega-3 fatty acids in fish like wild Alaskan salmon, Arctic char,  Atlantic mackerel, sardines, rainbow trout and Albacore tuna, to name a few, help combat inflammation in the body and fight the damage it can cause in the brain.  Other omega-3 sources include beans, some nuts, flax seeds and healthy oils (like olive oil).

Olive oil contains a substance called oleocanthal that helps boost the production of key proteins and enzymes that help break down the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Coffee, Chocolate & Spices

Contrary to popular belief, coffee and chocolate (in moderation) can provide benefits to the brain.  Their caffeine and antioxidants may protect the brain and thus help ward off age-related memory impairment.  Cinnamon and turmeric also have antioxidant properties that can protect and even repair the brain.

Berries & Dark Skinned Fruits

Berries and dark skinned fruits are also full of damage-fighting antioxidants.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, some of the best fruits for fighting Alzheimer’s include blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries.

Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil

According to studies, eating cold-pressed virgin coconut oil can raise blood ketones (ketones are formed through fat breakdown in the body to fuel both the brain and body) to levels that can have a significant effect on your brain.  In addition to being ketogenic, coconut oil provides many other benefits that protect the brain and stimulate brain cell growth.

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