Eating healthy is a prescription for combating may of the medical conditions and disease that are plaguing our communities. The various suggestions go from low-fat, green leafy vegetables, meat to no meat, dairy to no dairy. We have to choose after speaking with our physician what is the best “plan” of action for us since they know our “numbers” and conditions.
I have had the opportunity to look at Alzheimer’s and the vegetarian diet. We know that this condition affects the brain, so there are two areas that I have looked for more answers: (1) good food and (2) bad foods.
What can boost one’s memory are: blueberry and grape juices. “In a small study of people averaging 78 years of age, everyone drank two cups of Concord grape juice each day. Within a few weeks, the participants’ ability to learn and recall improved measurably.” (Vegetarian Times, March 2013)
What are the risks in what we eat to that of memory lapses? A study found large consumption of saturated and trans fats also known as bad fats weren’t good for retaining memory and there was a link noted with heart disease and Alzheimer’s. “California researchers following a group of 9,844 people for three decades found that cholesterol levels measured in a person’s 40s predicted Alzheimer’s risk in their 70s.” (Vegetarian Times, March 2013)
In a study reported in an article, “Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease” found from the Physician’s committee for Responsible Medicine, there was something that really seemed interesting: “Women with the highest consumption of green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables—both high in folate and antioxidants such as carotenoids and vitamin C—declined less than women who ate little of these vegetables.”
Reviewing the items presented in regards to a vegetarian diet to “ward” off Alzheimer’s in not the end all. Genetics and other health related conditions do play a role; however, being cognizant of what one eats and the importance of vegetables, fruits, (limited) nuts and proper vitamins/minerals it can play a significant role in assisting in maintaining cognitive function.
*This blog post is to be used for informational purposes only.
Feed Your Brain. July 28, 2014. VegetarianTimes.com http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/feed-your-brain/
Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease. July 28. 2014. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/diet-and-alzheimers-disease