Brain health, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
The brain is arguably the most important organ in the human body. Brain health matters no matter your age. The choices you make today can help you have a healthier brain tomorrow. Lifestyle has a profound impact on brain health. Your food, exercise, sleep, social activities etc decide your brain health.
As you grow older, your brain is exposed to more harmful stress due to lifestyle and environmental factors resulting in a process called oxidation which damages the brain cells.
Besides, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, trauma, high cholesterol, smoking etc increases the risk of dementia.
Statistics says that dementia (memory loss) is the number one cause of death in USA. About 10% population in USA has dementia. Worldwide 50 million people have dementia with 10 million new cases every year.
Among different forms of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common and may contribute to 60-70% of the cases. Alzheimer’s disease is number 3 leading cause of death in USA. Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 70% in the last decade.
High cholesterol diet which includes eggs, cheese etc in the midlife (40-65) leads to 57% higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. People who ate higher saturated fat diet (whipped cream, fatty meats, processed meats, desserts, vegetable oils etc) has faster decline in their memory by 70%
As we grow older it is essential that we get ourselves tested for Alzheimer’s disease. 90% of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented by modifying our diet. Alzheimer’s patients should start eating Anti- Alzheimer’s diet.
Our diet should consist of less carbohydrates and more fibre so that glucose is slowly released in to the blood stream and the brain is not shocked.
Foods that boost brain health and keeps dementia and Alzheimer’s disease away:
1) Foods rich in antioxidants protect the brain from harmful effects of oxidation in the brain.
2) Mediterranean style diet rich in fish, green leafy vegetables, olives and nuts help maintain brain health and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
3) Taking omega 3 improves cognition. Fish is a great source of omega 3, the type of fatty acid your body can’t produce. At least twice a week, eat 5 ounces omega 3 rich fishes like mackerel, sardines, tuna etc. Vegans can eat walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds etc.
4) Eat plenty of dark green coloured leafy vegetables like spinach, kale etc. They are great sources of polyphenols which are antioxidants that help to fight free radicals.
5) Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries etc contain antioxidants
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