Alzheimer’s is an incredibly scary disease with far-reaching consequences for both patients and their families. Because there is a strong genetic connection to the disease, many people wonder what they can do reduce their risk or lessen the symptoms once the disease has reached the point of onset. Here are four ways that you can use the power of food to prevent and reduce the effects of this devastating disease:
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Many studies have observed that cultures that consume a high amount of fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids have lower rates of Alzheimer’s. In addition, the presence of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) has been shown to decrease the progression of degenerative brain diseases. Patients can increase their intake of omega 3 fatty acids through foods such as fish and eggs or through supplements in pill form.
Cannabis oil can be used in cooking to facilitate a reduction in alzheimer related symptoms. Tests done on the effectiveness of CBD oil on Alzheimer’s found a significant decrease in delusions, aggression, irritability, and apathy. The CBD oil works as an anti-inflammatory as well as an antioxidant to slow the progression of the disease. Promising research is now showing that CBD oil can also aid in the neurogenesis process, meaning that new neural issue is generated through the use of the oil.
Spice It Up
Spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, and sage all boast the ability to break up plaque and reduce inflammation in the brain. These properties lead to more memory power and slow the onset or progression of Alzheimer’s. The compounds found in many common spices such as turmeric and curry may also protect healthy brains by inhibiting the breakdown of nerve cells.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Spinach, broccoli, kale, collards, and other leafy greens are nutritional superstars when it comes to slowing the progression of degenerative brain diseases. The presence of high amounts of folate and B9 work to reduce depression and improve cognitive function. As a bonus, the nutrients found in these powerful foods also can help to reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and a host of additional afflictions.
Although you cannot cure the disease or prevent it entirely through the use of proper diet, what you put into your body can go a long way in helping your brain function as effectively as possible for as long as possible.
Alzheimer’s disease is generally associated with those of us who are elderly, or more aged than others. However, that’s not always the case. Taking care of ourselves now is the most important thing we can do in our lives. In addition, it’s essential to take care of those people in our lives who are more likely to have health complications. Make them feel happy, appreciated, and protected.