Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other mental functions, according to Mayo Clinic. Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to degenerate and die, resulting in steady decline in memory and mental function.
More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease, or a different form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Alzheimer’s disease has no known cure, but medications and management strategies may temporarily improve Alzheimer’s symptoms. A simple management strategy includes following a diverse, healthy diet. Research shows that certain foods are proven to help keep the body – and brain – healthy, sharp and intact.
Foods that may help save your memory include:
- Oil-based salad dressings. Foods that are high in vitamin E such as vegetable oil-based dressings, seeds (such as sunflower seeds), nuts, peanut butter and whole grains have been show to help protect neurons (nerve cells) due to the infusion of vitamin E. “In Alzheimer’s disease, neurons in certain parts of the brain start to die, which jump-starts the cascade of events leading to cognitive deterioration,” according to an article published by Health.com.
- Fish. Salmon, mackerel, tuna and other types of fish are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- Dark green leafy vegetables. Kale, collard greens, spinach and broccoli are packed with vitamin E and folate. “Exactly how folate may protect the brain is unclear, but it may be by lowering levels of an amino acid known as homocysteine in the blood. High levels of homocysteine may trigger the death of nerve cells in the brain, but folic acid helps break down homocysteine levels,” according to an article published by Health.com. Avocado is also rich in vitamin E.
- Berries. Research shows that blueberries, strawberries and acai berries “may help put the brakes on age-related cognitive decline by preserving the brain’s natural ‘housekeeper’ mechanism, which wanes with age,” according to an article published by Health.com. “This mechanism helps get rid of toxic proteins associated with age-related memory loss.”
We at Synergy HomeCare Corona/Riverside heavily support the Alzheimer’s Association and its efforts to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This season launches the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest Alzheimer’s awareness event.
Are you and your loved ones interested in supporting the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to eliminate this devastating disease? Consider participating in a local walk this fall to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. Local walks are listed below. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.
800 North Archibald Avenue, Ontario, CA 91764
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Registration: 8:30 a.m./ Walk: 10 a.m.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 East Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806
Sunday, November 15, 2014
Registration: 7:30 a.m./ Walk: 10 a.m.
21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Sunday, November 1, 2014
Registration: 7:30 a.m./ Walk: 10 a.m.
Rainbow Lagoon Park
340 East Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Registration: 7 a.m./ Walk: 9 a.m.
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