27 Oct 7 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
By STEPHANIE ECKELKAMP
“You may be able to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by a whopping 70 to 80 percent,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the non-profit organizations that sponsored the first annual International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain in Washington DC.
Sixteen researchers presented compelling evidence about why the following seven habits could help warn off many neurological disorders, not just Alzheimer’s, that steal our mind.
Minimize your intake saturated and trans fats
These “bad” fats tend to increase blood cholesterol levels, which encourage the production of dangerous beta-amyloid plaques in the brain—a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. In the Chicago Health and Aging Study, people consuming the most saturated fat had triple the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Vegetables, legumes, fruits, and whole grains should be staples in your diet
These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals that protect the brain such as vitamin B6 and folate. The Chicago Health and Aging Study found that a high intake of fruits and vegetables was associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline. A plant-rich diet also reduces your risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, both of which can play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.
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