Can Food Prevent Dementia?

Posted on Jan 10, 2021

What is dementia? It’s a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.

A person with dementia might not remember how to do simple tasks, such as zipping up their hoodie or tying their shoelaces. When dementia gets really bad, they might not remember people’s names or even recognize their closest friends and relatives. Many people will tell you they’d rather lose the ability to walk than to “lose their mind.”

As people age, they’re more likely to experience dementia. It’s not unusual for people over 75 to exhibit some signs of this disease.
Are there certain foods you can eat to prevent dementia? Researchers seem to think there are certain foods that’ll help a person’s brain stay healthy, with an emphasis on natural plant-based foods and the avoidance (or limiting) of red meat, saturated fat and sweets.

So what’s the best food to eat to prevent dementia? That would be vegetables– especially leafy greens. Researchers looked at eating logs for older adults for several years to see if any trends were noticeable when it came to those who developed dementia… or didn’t. They learned that people who wanted to prevent dementia ate at least three servings of whole grains a day and green leafy veggies (such as salad) at least six times a week. Other good foods to eat included berries, fish, poultry, beans, nuts and… drinking wine! What were the foods to avoid? That would be red meat, fried/fast food, cheese and pastries.

Oftentimes, when people are younger, they don’t think about the consequences of their habits until years later… That said, if you’re the kind of person who wants to live a healthy and long life, and you’d like to do everything you can to prevent/avoid dementia, you can start now, adjusting your diet to eat more “brain-healthy” foods.

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