Alzheimer’s disease is a serious disease. It begins with what is generally mistaken as a simple forgetfulness, only to create serious havoc as the condition advances. It compromises speech, comprehension, and coordination, and causes restlessness and dramatic mood swings. According to a recent study, the right kind of diet may help delay the onset of the disease or lower the risk by as much as 40 per cent.
Certain foods that may help mitigate the onset of early Alzheimer’s disease.
The Mediterranean- DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay Diet (MIND) diet will delay the neurodegenerative disease and hence slow cognitive decline. The diet includes whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, poultry, seafood, and olive oil.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Since high levels of DHA are needed for normal brain development, it is recommended to have fatty fish. Also, omega-3 fatty acids of all types, like walnuts, flaxseed, and olive oil counter inflammation.
Vitamins C and E: Eating plenty of food items rich in vitamin C (like oranges, broccoli, and strawberries) and vitamin E like olive oil and almonds may help to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer.
Flavonoids: Apples, blueberries, cranberries, and grapefruit are mainly the flavonoid-rich fruits. Vegetables which boast flavonoids include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, garlic, kidney beans, onions, peas, and spinach.
Folate: Deficiency of certain B vitamins, particularly folate can make it difficult to perform some cognitive tasks. This amino acid impairs brain function and can drastically increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (as well as cardiac disease) in a person.
Turmeric: Curcumin, nutrient found in turmeric, has been associated with improvement in cognitive function in some smaller studies.