Alzheimer’s is not only a disease that is difficult for the patient, but it is also so difficult for the family and loved ones. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and as a Registered Dietitian, I wanted to share a few foods that you could be eating to help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
What was once thought to be totally up to your genetics, is now becoming known that it is not just fate afterall! Although there currently isn’t an effective treatment for the disease, there have been numerous studies that have linked poor diet quality to early onset of Alzheimer’s. Meaning, with a nourishing diet, the disease can be preventable!
It’s great news that you don’t have to go out and buy certain special foods or expensive supplements to decrease your risk! You should simply eat a diet higher in antioxidants and fiber. Vegetables, legumes, fruits, and whole grains should dominate over high-fat meats, conventional dairy, and refined sugary foods. It is not surprising that some studies have linked the Mediterranean Diet, which is higher in vegetables, beans, fruits, and nuts to a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Add these to your next grocery list (and even bring some over to your favorite grandparent):
- Blueberries: Fresh or frozen it doesn’t matter, blueberries are an extremely rich source of antioxidants
- Oatmeal: This is a excellent source of fiber that can help bind excess hormones and toxins so they don’t build up in your system
- Flaxseeds: These are not only another great option for fiber, but also, they are high in healthy fats, which helps promote cognitive function
- Pumpkin: These are readily available this time of year and an amazing source of beta carotene, which acts as another powerful antioxidant in your body!
Why not make an Alzheimer’s Prevention Breakfast and cook up some oatmeal, with flaxseeds and blueberries!