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Eat it to beat it: Alzheimer’s

By Alexandra McCarthy |


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In Australia alone, there are currently more than .

The , which damages the brain – often resulting in impaired memory and changes in behaviour. But what’s even more frightening is that these figures are only rising, with a whopping . By 2025, it’s estimated that this figure will increase further to .

While there is currently no cure for this degenerative disease, you can full of brain-friendly foods…

Leafy green vegetables.

Did you know that green leafy veggies have been linked to lower levels of cognitive decline in older age? found that those who ate at least one serve of green leafy veg a day had slower rates of declining memory than people who rarely ate it. In fact, the research showed that older adults who . Fascinating stuff! Perhaps it’s time to make like Popeye and get that spinach into you…

Fish, nuts + flaxseeds AKA omega-3 fatty acids.

These three foods are extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids and have been found to . While , it certainly won’t hurt to increase your intake of these healthy foods anyway! The best omega-3 rich fishies to chow down on are mackerel, salmon and sardines as they’re all filled with .

When it comes to nuts, you should be reaching for , they’re loaded with fibre, copper, manganese and vitamin E. And, last but not least, give flaxseeds a go! These tiny brown seeds are the s and they have a nicely balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6. You can pop a teaspoon of flaxseeds into your daily smoothie or try these Flaxseed Buns for a delicious, gluten-free bread option.

Coffee + dark chocolate.

That’s right, coffee and chocolate have both been linked to the prevention of AD – our love of dark chocolate is finally justified! Research suggests that coffee is and that regular consumption over one’s lifetime . Dark chocolate (thankfully!) also gets the tick of approval thanks to its .

Turmeric.

We love turmeric for its amazing and research has actually found that these qualities are also vital when it comes to improving cognitive function in those who suffer from AD. The active compound in turmeric is known as curcumin and that’s linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric Protein Bombs, anyone?

Berries.

Strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and blackberries are all and, these little babies are also which can both lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

But, there’s also a few foods you should avoid at all costs as they’re not doing your brain health any favours…

Refined carbs.

It’s no secret that highly refined carbs are pretty terrible for our brain health – for a myriad of reasons. Firstly, refined carbs such as white flour and pasta have an . Secondly, they also which is a worry as . Soz, white bread, but you’ve got to go!

Sugar.

If you want to try and keep your brain in tip top condition, steer clear of the sweet stuff! Sugar is seriously damaging to your brain health with research suggesting that diets . Another study in rats also found that a sugar . See ya, sugar!

Note: It’s important to consult a medical practitioner before making lifestyle changes or if you have a family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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