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Can a Good Diet Fight Alzheimer’s Disease?

In the last few years, there has been an explosion of scientific evidence showing support for nutritional changes that can help prevent memory loss, as well as improve memory in patients already diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease.

According to Alzheimer’s expert Dr. Richard Isaacson, author of The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step by Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, certain steps can be taken to improve memory function for those with Alzheimer’s or mild cognitive impairment.

Dietary recommendations include:

  • Regular use of antioxidants. One study found that people who ate a minimum of two servings of blueberries or strawberries 3-4 times a week could delay the onset of memory loss or dementia by up to two and half years.
  • Fasting overnight for 12 – 14 hours. According to the author, at night your body produces ketone bodies, which supports energy for the brain and also protects it by using a safer or alternative energy source.
  • Drinking cocoa powder. Some recent studies show that specific types of dark cocoa powder can have a brain boosting effect and improve memory scores.
  • Following a Mediterranean-style diet. This includes eating fruits and vegetables, lean proteins like chicken, turkey, and fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids like wild salmon, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna, low fat yogurt and cheeses, and certain types of nuts and seeds.
  • Drinking caffeinated coffee earlier in the day. There is some mysterious chemical in caffeinated coffee that is believed to actually protect brain function.

Dr. Isaacson says it’s all about following a comprehensive approach to fighting Alzheimer’s disease nutritionally, more than identifying any one miracle food.

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