Eating a dementia-friendly diet can help to improve your brain function and heart health. Swapping fatty and processed foods for healthy wholegrains and vegetables can keep you feeling healthy. What’s more, what science is behind this?
One in six UK residents over 80 years old has dementia.
In the UK, there are 850,000 dementia patients.
There are many causes for different forms of dementia.
The most prevalent risk factor for developing dementia is age. This means that people are more susceptible to getting dementia with the aging process.
Your lifestyle choices could also impact your risk of getting dementia. This includes diet.
Alzheimer’s is the most prevalent form of dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease can be caused by abnormal forms of protein in the brain.
Certain proteins (called amyloid) create plaque around the brain cells, while others (called tau), cause brain cells become tangled.
Neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers between brain cells, decrease as more brain cells are affected. This causes brain dysfunction.
A person’s memory is one of the most affected areas. This is why Alzheimer’s patients can seem confused or forgetful.
Which foods are linked to increased dementia risk?
MIND (Mediterranean DASH Diet Intervention For Neurodegenerative Delay), has been shown to slow down the progression of brain decline.
MIND combines the best of two popular diets, the Mediterranean diet (DASH), and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
These medications aim to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of developing heart disease and slow down the progression of dementia.
You can swap deep-fried foods from fast food restaurants for home-cooked meals.
If you are shallow-frying at home, use olive oil or another oil such as olive oil.
MIND recommends that cheese should be consumed less often than one per week. You can still have cheese as a treat but keep it reserved for special occasions.
Butter and margarine
Limit your daily intake to one teaspoon. According to MIND, olive oil is better than any other type of oil.
Red meat consumption and sweets like cakes and ice-cream are also important parts of the diet.
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According to the Alzheimer’s Society, the Mediterranean diet (the foundation of the MIND diet), can improve brain function.
These are eight staples of the Mediterranean diet:
- Olive oil
- Whole grains
Publiated at Sun, 12 September 2021 16:31:00 +0000