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How Can Proper Nutrition Help Stave Off Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Alzheimer’s care Chandler seniors can benefit from involves many facets, including maintaining a nutritious diet. Though there isn’t any sure way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, several studies have found a healthful diet can help. Try incorporating these foods or diets into your loved one’s menu to keep his or her mind and body healthy.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids found in certain types of fish such as salmon, mackerel, or lake trout have been shown to stave off the disease. A 2007 study found that eating these nutrients slowed the accumulation of proteins associated with the tangles and plaques that cause Alzheimer’s to occur.

Vitamin B and Folate

Folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 can also help prevent Alzheimer’s. High levels of amino acids called homocysteines, which are found in blood, have been associated with a higher risk of the disease. These nutrients can help break down the homocysteine and reduce your loved one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds are all good sources of these nutrients.

Mediterranean Diet

A 2006 study done by the Columbia University Medical Center showed seniors who followed the Mediterranean diet were 40 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who had a poor diet. The Mediterranean diet consists of eating foods high in olive oil, consuming a large amount of fish, fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts, drinking wine moderately, and eating little to no red meat.

MIND Diet

Researchers took the best of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, which is promoted by the American Heart Association, to create the MIND diet. The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet was shown in a 2015 study to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 35 percent. To follow the eating plan, Chandler dementia care experts recommend your loved one consume the following every day:

  • Three servings of whole grains 
  • One salad and one other vegetable
  • One glass of wine
  • One serving of nuts

Additionally, berries and poultry should be eaten twice a week, beans should be eaten every other day, and fish should be eaten once per week.

Want to learn more about how nutrition can benefit seniors with Alzheimer’s? Turn to Home Care Assistance for the answers you need and the at-home care Chandler families trust. In addition to helping with grocery shopping and healthy meal prep, our caregivers can assist your loved one with a wide variety of daily tasks. Your loved one may also benefit from the extensive training our caregivers receive in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program that helps slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. For more information, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 480.448.6215 to schedule a free in-home consultation.