Food for thought – eat well to fight dementia and increase brain power

Healthy Eating

We talk a lot about wanting to change our diet to feel better and about finding our personal reason to make change easy. If you haven’t found your reason yet, this article is for you. Do you want to be in charge of your own life when you grow old? Then read this!

Dementia and Alzheimers have become a huge disease nowadays – more than 46 million people have dementia and each year, more than 7 million people add to it. Women are in greater danger to fall sick, in addition, we mostly carry the work of care.

There is good news, we can intervene by paying attention to our diet.

Eat this to decrease your risk of dementia:

  • Your brain needs healthy fats like omega 3 and 6 as well as unsaturated fats. You find omega 3 and 6 in fatty fish, nuts and avocados.
  • Antioxidants – like vitamin E – are important to catch free radicals. You can find them in spinach, mango and nuts.
  • Anthocyanes are found in pretty, colourful fruit and veggies like blueberries, grapes, etc.

You can find more tips on what to eat to increase your brain power here.

Avoid this to lower your risk of dementia:

  • Saturated and trans fats increase your risk of dementia. These are found in dairy and meats. Trans fats develop during baking and frying and are found in hardened industrial fats.
  • Too much iron and copper oxide increase free radicals in your brain which is bad for your brain.

Bonus: Do some exercise – 3 times a week for 40 minutes reverses brain shrinkage.

To learn more details, watch this TEDx talk by medical professor Neil Barnard “Power foods for the brain”. It’s amazing how we can change our lives just by eating well!

Image credit: Deborah Breen Whiting, dbreen from Pixabay

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