6 Foods That May Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
There are still many questions surrounding Alzheimer's disease—a degenerative brain disorder and form of dementia that currently has no cure. Although the evidence is not conclusive, several studies, including one conducted by the Alzheimer's Association, suggest that foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent the onset of the disease.
Researchers at the Rush University Medical Center believe that antioxidants may help combat the negative effects of the brain's oxidation process. Meanwhile, a University of California, Irvine, study recently found that omega-3 fatty acids may slow the growth of two brain lesions that are hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease.
Consider incorporating the following six "brain foods" into your diet:
1. Spinach. Along with other leafy green vegetables, spinach contains vitamin E and is also rich in antioxidants. Other good options include kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cantaloupe.
2. Salmon. Salmon and other fatty fish, such as tuna, are packed with omega-3s. It is believed that the essential fatty acid can prevent memory loss. That said, you should talk to your doctor about the effects of mercury in fish and seafood.
3. Breakfast cereals. Most cereals are fortified with vitamins, minerals, and folic acid. Check the nutrition label to make sure.
4. Nuts. Nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans can certainly help. You can also use peanut or sunflower-seed oil as a substitute for canola oil when cooking or baking.
5. Fruit salad. Dark-skinned berries and fruits indicate an abundance of antioxidants. Try a mix of apple slices, cherries, red grapes, raspberries, and strawberries. If you don't want your apple slices to turn brown, sprinkle them with lemon juice.
6. Grilled or steamed foods. Grilled and steamed foods are a healthy alternative to fried meat and vegetables, which are fatty and stripped of their nutrients. Keep in mind that grilled fruit can also make a great dessert.
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