Foods That Can Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease generally begins with what normally appears to be a simple forgetfulness, but it wreaks much more havoc over time, compromising with speech, comprehension, and coordination and causing restlessness and dramatic mood swings.

Signs which may help to detect the disease in early stages:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficultly completing familiar tasks
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images
  • Problems with in speaking or writing
  • Often misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace path
  • Poor decision making
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • Difficulty finding the right words

The right kind of diet may delay the onset of the disease or lower the. Below are some suggested foods to mitigate the onset of early Alzheimer’s disease.

Mediterranean- DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay Diet (MIND): the MIND diet will postpone the neurodegenerative condition, which will reduce cognitive ageing. You can add whole grains, leafy green vegetables, nuts, beans, berries, poultry, seafood, and olive oil in your diet. Additionally, one must monitor their consumption of processed foods.

Omega-3 fatty acids: It is advised to eat fatty fish since normal brain development requires high quantities of DHA. Additionally, all forms of omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in walnuts, flaxseed, and olive oil, fight inflammation, which may be a factor in the buildup of protein in the brain.

Foods High in Vitamins C and E: Free radicals, unstable chemicals that damage cells and may hasten mental loss, are a byproduct of all chemical reactions in the brain. Antioxidant-rich foods aid in scavenging those free radicals. It may help to lower the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease to consume lots of foods high in vitamin E and vitamin C, such as olive oil and almonds.

Foods and Drinks High in Flavonoids: The main fruits high in flavonoids are grapefruit, apples, blueberries, cranberries, and blues. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, garlic, kidney beans, onions, peas, and spinach are among the vegetables that contain flavonoids.

Foods High in Folate: Lack of several B vitamins, particularly folate, can make some cognitive activities challenging. This amino acid inhibits brain function and significantly raises a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease as well as cardiac problems. Dark leafy greens and dry beans are rich in folate, which may help to delay cognitive deterioration.

Turmeric: Curcumin, a component of turmeric, has been linked in some smaller studies to an improvement in cognitive performance.

Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are the antioxidant powerhouses; by shielding the brain from oxidative stress, they may improve brain function.

Seeds:Sunflower, flax, and pumpkin seeds all include antioxidants and nutrients, such as vitamin E, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and choline, that aid to slow the deterioration of cognitive health. To get the most benefit and promote brain health, snack on these seeds by themselves, sprinkle them on salads, or smuggle them into treats like pudding and muffins.

Dr. Manish Gupta
Associate Director
Department of Neurology
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