These Foods Are Proven To Protect You From Getting Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s is more and more prevalent in America, and it has been predicted that by 2050, the numbers of people with this disease will be tripled. But what if you knew that there was a simple way to protect yourself against this terrible aging disease starting now?
Many different research studies have shown that certain foods are correlated with lower risk for developing the disease. Here is a list of these foods:
Blueberries and other berries
Leafy green veggies
Nuts and seeds
Lentils (a type of legume)
These foods have sometimes been labelled by different nutrition experts as “brain foods”, as they each have special neuroprotective qualities that specifically help to fuel and protect the brain from damage.
Something interesting to note is that most of these foods are staples of the Mediterranean diet, which is low on processed foods and red meat. Many studies in the past have linked Mediterranean-style diets with a lowered risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Additionally, a diet rich in these brain healthy foods, are also good for your heart, so you get double the benefits.
In one particular study that was published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s association in 2015, it was shown that those who consumed unhealthy diets on a regular basis had almost twice as much cognitive decline as those who added at least some healthy foods to their diet. As you can see, it does not have to be an all or nothing thing. However, the same study did show that those who stuck closely to a healthy diet all the time, had much less cognitive decline compared to those who had a mix of healthy and unhealthy foods in their diets.
The good news is, it’s never too late to change your health habits and start decreasing your risk of cognitive decline. You can take steps right away to improve your health. The key is to slowly remove processed foods from your diet and include more of those brain foods in it. If you notice, the one thing those brain foods share in common is that they are whole foods. So eating whole, unprocessed foods as nature intended, is the key to protecting yourself from Alzheimer’s and a host of other ugly diseases.