You’ve had a few senior moments lately. Maybe you forgot an appointment. Or couldn’t recall the name of an old friend.
You tell yourself it’s not rational. But still, you can’t help but worry.
Could THIS be the beginning of dementia?
And if you’ve watched a family member struggle with Alzheimer’s, the risk may be real. Because the devastating disease can run in families.
But you don’t have to wait and wonder. Or simply hope for the best.
You CAN reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. And climbing back into the driver’s seat is probably far easier than you might imagine.
Because you don’t have to down some new risky drug. And it doesn’t require moving to Tibet to become a monk, either.
Instead, you can start with exercise. Because experts say, simply staying in motion can help prevent the disease, or slow its progress if you already have it.
And you don’t need to move into the gym. Just 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise three to four days a week will do it.
(Need some help getting started? Check out our easy and effective exercises for out of shape beginners.)
But don’t stop there. Give your diet an Alzheimer’s fighting makeover too.
Alzheimer’s superfoods help stop dementia in its tracks
If you or a loved one are in the early stages of dementia or at risk for the disease, some diet changes you can make right now can slow the damage.
Or in some cases even stop it in its tracks.
Following are five delicious Alzheimer’s superfoods you should start eating MORE of starting today.
This exotic Indian spice adds a gorgeous, golden yellow pop of color to your plate. But what’s inside turmeric will make you want use in your own cooking.
The spice’s active ingredient is curcumin. This powerful antioxidant is a free-radical-fighting superstar. And curcumin’s natural anti-inflammatory action can help reduce the chronic inflammation associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Plus researchers at UCLA School of Medicine say turmeric may be able to help clear your brain of amyloid-beta plaques, one of the proteins that accumulate in the brains of people who develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Folks with high levels of the amino acid homocysteine are almost twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. But according to British researchers, folate can significantly slash your homocysteine levels… and your risk for brain atrophy and Alzheimer’s right along with it.
One of the best sources of folate is the humble legume. And the Alzheimer’s superfoods lentils and pinto beans will give you the most folate bang for your buck.
3. Fatty fish:
Load up on omega-3 fatty acids like you’ll find in wild-caught cold-water fatty fish such as tuna, trout, salmon, mackerel and sardines. Experts say the DHA in these Alzheimer’s superfoods could slash your risk for dementia by reducing the amyloid-beta brain plaques linked to the disease.
And don’t worry you won’t need to buy stock in a seafood restaurant. Rush University researchers say just a single serving of fatty fish per week can help protect cognitive function, thanks to those omega 3s.
Experts say the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin, found in blueberries, could help you put up a fight against dementia. In fact, according to University of Cincinnati researchers deeply colored fruits, such as blueberries, may not only help prevent Alzheimer’s, they could actually help reverse cognitive decline in some folks.
Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York have uncovered a link between cruciferous veggies—such as cauliflower—and a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Experts say a chemical in these Alzheimer’s superfoods naturally helps break up the tau proteins that can build up in the brain. So they never form the tangles that are a hallmark of the disease.
If you’re not a cauliflower fan try broccoli, cabbage, or Brussel sprouts, instead.
You can stop worrying about memory loss and start doing something to stop it instead. Add these five Alzheimer’s superfoods to your menu today, and protect your precious memories for years to come.