More than 5 million people in the nation have been diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Despite years of research and scientific exploration, we still have no cure for this deadly disease. While things like genetics and age are uncontrollable risk factors, seniors can get proactive to prevent the onset of dementia. One of the best prevention tools available is diet.
Before making drastic changes in a senior’s diet, it’s essential to first speak with the family physician. Explain your senior loved one is looking to switch to a brain-healthy diet, ask for any suggestions or tips to make the transition smoother and learn if there are any dangers associated with a new diet plan.
The Perks of Eating Healthy
For seniors considered “high-risk” for dementia or Alzheimer’s can often experience multiple health benefits when eating a brain-healthy diet. Try the following nutritional tips in your fight against Alzheimer’s.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Healthy fatty acids can work wonders in the fight against dementia. Specifically, seniors should take polyunsaturated omega 3 fatty acids found only in fish. This fatty acid has long been associated with keeping Alzheimer’s at bay, while also boosting healthy brain function. Senior caregivers should look for fish oil supplements that meet the specifications mentioned above and ensure the supplements is taken with food to prevent upset stomach.
Vitamin E has become a superstar among seniors looking to retain brain health. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, helping to fight off dangerous free radicals. Several recent studies indicate a steady consumption of foods rich in vitamin E can lower their risk of developing dementia. There is one catch, however. Seniors must get their vitamin E from food sources only. Supplement E vitamins have no effect on dementia prevention. Senior caregivers should provide foods like nuts, almonds, sunflower oils and green leafy vegetables.
Turmeric spice is a powder that’s yellow in color and emits a strong odor. Thanks to a phytonutrient in turmeric spice called curcumin, seniors can help to protect both brain health and memory. Senior caregivers should know turmeric permanently stains most fiber it comes in contact with, so it’s important to handle with care. Also, seniors need only consume a small amount of turmeric each day to protect brain tissues.
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