We all know that our diet directly effects our health. Many times we only focus on how it affects our physical wellness, however, research is now showing us that there’s a direct correlation between our diet and our cognitive well-being. This includes the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Studies show that people that eat green leafy vegetables have less cognitive impairment. Similar studies also illustrate that there is a direct relationship that connects a diet rich with those same green leafy vegetables with lower levels of obesity, heart disease and blood pressure which all corelate with dementia as well.
So great, now we know diet is important, but where do you start? Here are 4 foods that are pretty simple to get your hands on and easy to work into your or a loved one’s daily routine. The best part is, they also yield some of the best results!
Oh, and check out the smoothie recipe at the end where you can get a 4-in-1!
Antioxidants have amazing anti-aging properties, fight oxidative stress and impact cognitive function in a big way. There are a lot of fruit and veg high in antioxidants including berries, kale and herbs like basil or cilantro.
For a long time we were told to avoid fat like the plague, but studies show that not all fats are created equal. Healthy fats are essential for brain function. Research shows that a diet rich in them, especially omega 3 which are anti-inflammatory, has an positive effect on patients. Coconut oil is one of the best sources, as well as fish and grass fed meats.
This spice is a double whammy because it’s both high in antioxidants and is very anti-inflammatory as well. This is important since many studies show a direct link between inflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease. Turmeric is what makes curries that beautiful yellow color. You can find it in the spice isle at your local grocery store and add 1/2 teaspoon to a smoothie or sprinkle on roasted veggies.
Vitamin B, especially B6 and B12, is linked to preventing and slowing dementia. Foods like leafy greens, salmon, eggs and shellfish (clams, oysters, crab, clams) are all great sources.
Brain Power Smoothie
1 cup frozen berries (antioxidant)
1 cup kale or spinach (vitamin B + antioxidant)
½ cup coconut milk (healthy fat)
¼ teaspoon turmeric (antioxidant)
½ cup water
Combine in a blender on high until smooth. Drink up!