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.