Can you REALLY munch your way to a SIGNIFICANTLY lower Alzheimer’s risk just by eating delicious foods you ALREADY love?
Sounds a little too good to be true, right?
I thought so too. But then I dug deeper into the new research. And lucky for us, it turns out to be on the up and up.
In fact, researchers found that folks who DON’T eat enough of these tasty foods could have DOUBLE the risk for the devastating disease that first steals your memories and then your identity.
But it’s actually a powerful nutrient inside these foods that gets the REAL credit. And longtime Healthier Talk readers will have heard of these protective plant pigments before.
They’re called flavonoids. And while these phytonutrients are found in almost all fruits and vegetables, certain foods are brimming with them.
And now, scientists say when you focus on getting plenty of them in your diet, you could slash your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Too few flavonoids send Alzheimer’s’ risk soaring
In nature, flavonoids help protect the plants they’re found in. And it turns out when we eat them they can help protect US too.
Flavonoids have natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergic properties. But scientists say it looks like they also can help protect us against that memory thief we all dread as we age… Alzheimer’s disease.
A 20-year-long epidemiological study recently revealed something shocking. Adults 50 and older who eat only small amounts of flavonoid-rich foods could be a stunning two to four times more likely to develop dementia than their peers who eat them more often.
When scientists crunched all the data, LOW LEVELS of three specific flavonoids in the diet were linked to a far HIGHER RISK of dementia…
- anthocyanins – four-fold risk
- flavonols – twice the risk
- flavonoid polymers – twice the risk
In other words, diet alone could have a significant impact on whether you battle cognitive decline as you age. Which is a good thing because you can start taking steps right now to protect your memory and reduce your risk.
Your memory-protecting shopping list
The researchers say our risk for dementia starts to accelerate when we pass the age of 70. So there’s no time to waste.
A few simple and delicious additions to your regular diet could help you send your Alzheimer’s risk plummeting starting today.
To raise your anthocyanin levels, you can eat more…
- red cabbage
- red onion
- red wine
And to fit more flavonols and flavonoid polymers into your diet focus on….
- green tea
- dark chocolate
- unsweetened cocoa powder
I don’t know about you, but THAT is a shopping list I can handle. So go ahead and get moving on protecting your OWN precious memories starting today with these Alzheimer’s fighting foods..