With brain diseases like Alzheimer’s becoming a growing concern, most of us want to make dietary and lifestyle choices that will protect our brains from this serious disease. While there are many ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, here are some of my favorites:
Enjoy a half-cup of blueberries daily to reap the brain-protecting benefits of this tiny berry. While it may be small, it is a powerful brain healer thanks to their ability to protect both the watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage from free radicals—a claim that few foods can make.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
This nutrient assists thousands of enzymes in the body to ensure our many biochemical functions work properly. This is true of our brain functions which depend on this nutrient. For healthy brain function and to aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, I typically recommend 100 milligrams daily. Research by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), links supplementation with this nutrient to memory improvement and protecting the brain against brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Since CoQ10 levels diminish as we age, particularly over the age of 40, it is helpful to boost them through supplementation. CoQ10, particularly taken as a lozenge, absorbs quickly to replenish our brain’s supplies.
Research shows that the compound curcumin, found in the curry spice turmeric, not only protects the brain against memory loss, it may even help to protect it against Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin is the plant nutrient that gives turmeric its golden-yellow hue. It turns out this vibrant compound also holds tremendous promise against serious brain disease by preventing the formation of beta amyloid plaques, which are involved in Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s patients with severe symptoms, including dementia, irritability, agitation, anxiety and apathy, have even showed excellent therapeutic results when taking curcumin, according to a study published in the Japanese medical journal Ayu. When participants took 764 mg of turmeric with a standardized amount of 100 mg/day of curcumin for one year of treatment, they had noticeable memory improvements. You can benefit from this spice’s brain-protecting properties by eating curries that contain the spice turmeric, adding turmeric to other foods like soups, stews, curries and smoothies, and supplementing with curcumin. Supplement with 400 mg of curcumin to help prevent against Alzheimer’s disease.
Mental Exercises and Learning
Lifelong learning and participating in mental exercise helps to keep connections in the brain active. Like a muscle in the body, it’s imperative to use the brain to keep it functioning properly. You can take classes at your local high school or college, start doing crosswords or Sudoku, or pick up a book to learn a new skill. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll reap the rewards of better brain health.
Purple Grapes and Grape Juice
Purple grapes contain a powerful brain-protecting compound known as resveratrol, which has been shown in study after study to help prevent brain damage and brain diseases. Enjoy a handful of red or purple grapes or a small glass of purple grape juice daily to reap the brain-protecting ability of this fruit.
Not only do walnuts look remarkably like a tiny brain, research in The Journal of Nutritionshows that these nuts may help to protect the brain against free radicals that cause brain damage. Choose raw, unsalted and refrigerated nuts since the delicate Omega 3 fatty acids found in walnuts go rancid quickly.
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