Can Food Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?
To help minimize your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, stick with the Dr. Weil-recommended Anti-Inflammatory Diet. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants – both of which can help address inflammation, which experts now consider a primary contributor to many diseases, including Alzheimer’s. You can get started by eating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as omega-3 rich foods such as (in order of potency) wild Alaskan salmon, walnuts, and freshly ground flaxseed.
There was also a recent study at UCLA showing that a gluten-free diet was part of a lifestyle program that reversed the symptoms of early Alzheimer’s. This may not be necessary for everyone, but many of our integrative medicine fellows see patients improve their brain fog symptoms on a gluten-free diet. It may be worth a three- to four-week trial to see for yourself. Aim for replacing your wheat products with real foods like those mentioned above and not a bunch of gluten-free processed and sweetened food products. The UCLA study also implemented lowering overall sugar intake, regular exercise, quality sleep and relaxation in the group that saw benefits.
Find out if you are eating Anti-Inflammatory – take a look at the pyramid here!
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