5 Common Foods That Just Might Prevent Alzheimer’s
5 Common Foods That Just Might Prevent Alzheimer’s by: Robin Marri Miller – Off the Grid News
Did you know that one out of three people over the age of 80 gets Alzheimer’s disease? In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
Alzheimer’s can creep into your life slowly. Starting with simple forgetfulness, the disease can quickly escalate to wreak havoc.
Instead of sitting back and hoping you are one of the fortunate ones who will not get this degenerative disease, fight it with the proper diet. In fact, eating the right diet cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s by 40 percent.
Try eating these types of foods:
1. Omega-3 fatty acids. Recent research shows that eating a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by 10 percent. The key is eating Omega-3s known as DHA that are found in such fatty fish as white herring, salmon and white tuna. High levels of DHA are needed for healthy brain development. However, Omega-3s of all varieties, including walnuts, extra virgin olive oil and flaxseed, prevent inflammation of the brain that results in unhealthy protein build-up that can contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s.
2. Foods high in flavonoids. Foods and beverages high in flavonoids are high in antioxidants, which are important for brain and body health as they combat free radicals and their damaging effects. Flavonoids are protective chemicals, known as polyphenols, found in plants. People who eat a diet rich in flavonoids are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, research shows.
Foods that are high in flavonoids include fruits, such as blueberries, apples, grapefruit and cranberries, as well as vegetables, such as Brussel sprouts, asparagus, kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, lima and kidney beans, garlic, spinach, peas and onions.