Eating just ½ cup of fresh greens like spinach, watercress, or arugula daily may decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 20%.
In continuing my series on Alzheimer’s, I’ve found quite a lot of medical research implicating the helpful effects of certain foods and drinks in possibly preventing, or at least delaying, the onset of the disease. It’s helpful to think about it like this: Just as plaque can build up in arteries disrupting blood flow, certain types of plague called beta-amyloid plaque forms in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
A Delicious and Healthy Buffet
Researchers at many major medical centers have discovered that eating certain compounds found in various spices (such as curcumin, which is found in turmeric) are beneficial. Also, cinnamon seems beneficial as welll. Noted researchers Gregory Cole, PhD, and Sally Frautschy at UCLA’s center for research state these spice compounds, particularly curcumin, has been shown to dramatically cut the buildup of plaque in the brain.
White button mushrooms may also cut the risk of getting the disease, perhaps by as much as 25%. And, eating just ½ cup of fresh greens like spinach, watercress, or arugula daily may decrease your risk by 20%. This is according to the pros at the world famous Cleveland Clinic. We often hear about how fish – salmon and tuna mainly – is found to be very beneficial, but there is a significant concern with the consumption of heavy metals like mercury (not to mention the devastating collapse of fish populations). It seems that the credit goes to the omega-3 fatty acids, which are very beneficial. But, a daily tablespoon or two of ground flax seeds in your oatmeal or smoothie is probably a better and healthier way to get your omega-3s.
Just a Tipple about Red Wine
I’d be very remiss if I didn’t mention a very compelling Swedish study that tracked 1,462 women for 34 years who drank 5 ounces of red wine daily. Important to note: ONLY 5 ounces of RED wine, no more and no less. And, the study showed that they were amazingly 70% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s!! The main credit goes to the resveratrol in the wine-making grapes. And for all my teetotaler friends, deep purple concord grape juice has been found to be beneficial also. Another beverage of note is 100% apple juice. It has been shown to slow memory decline as effectively as the drug Aricept, but without the side effects. And a lot tastier, I’m sure!!
I hope I’ve given you some info to digest (bad pun intended). To all my loyal readers, I wish you a good, safe week. And to those in the northern hemisphere, let’s celebrate the gorgeous beauty of autumn with a walk outside in a nearby park to recharge our inner self.
Together, let’s age boldly,
To read more of Bernadette’s Writing the Digital Page articles, check out this memoir-style piece : “Memories and Mallo Cups”
Feature Image Credit: Melanie (taken during a trip to Thailand long long ago)