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Naturally we are all looking for things we can do to prevent dementia. Fortunately there are many things we can do to ward off this disease. As a bonus, the changes we make to protect our minds also protect our hearts!
When an individual reaches 50 years old and beyond, making the right food choices is essential for mental and physical health.
Results of a recent study by the University of Eastern Finland proved that those who consistently consumed healthy foods at the age of 50 had a nearly 90 per cent lower risk of dementia in a 14-year follow-up study compared to those who did not eat healthfully.
90 percent! Who wouldn’t want to put those odds in their favor?
The “healthy foods,” researchers listed included vegetables, berries/fruits, fish and unsaturated fats from milk products and spreads. By contrast,”Unhealthy” foods were listed as sausages, eggs, salty fish, sugary drinks, desserts/candy and saturated fats from milk products and spreads.
Eating a large amount of saturated fats was linked to decreased cognitive function as well as increased dementia risk.
The Alzheimer’s Association recommends increasing your intake of the following “protective” foods:
- Dark-skinned fruits and vegetables such as prunes, raisins, red grapes, plums, blueberries, cherries, broccoli, spinach, kale, onion, red bell pepper, beets and eggplant.
- Nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pecans.
- Cold-water fish such as trout, salmon, tuna, mackerel and halibut.
- Vitamins such as C, E, folate and B12.
Commit, today, to eating a diet that’ll protect your brain for years to come.
Make each moment count double,