Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – How to Keep Your Brain Healthy
If you are caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you are fully aware of what the disease is capable of. Of course, you want to keep your body healthy and your nutrition is actually very important to your brain health. The difference between trans fats, sugars, and different fatty acids that are either good or bad for you is overwhelming.
By making sure the following items are included in your diet, you can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Go Nuts about Nuts – Walnuts, almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts are all packed with the good kind of omega 3 fatty acids that your brain needs. Vitamin E can be found in Walnuts that is said to “protect” the brain.
- Stock up on Salmon – Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are loaded with omega 3’s as well and are also said to lower blood levels of a beta-amyloid that is thought to play a great role in Alzheimer’s.
- Bring on the Berries – Berries are a great source of antioxidants for your body and more importantly for your brain. Blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, the list goes on and on. As long as it has the word “berry” in it, you are good to go!
- Line up those Leafy Greens – Spinach and kale are full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. New studies have shown that high levels of Vitamin C may help with dementia prevention.
- Time for Turmeric – Turmeric is the spice used in curries and its main ingredient, curcumin, can prevent Alzheimer’s.
- The Two C’s – Coffee and Chocolate, believe it or not, are a great source of caffeine and flavonoids that help slow down the effects of dementia. The better choice of chocolate is dark chocolate as it has 70% more cocoa.
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