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Why Eat Nuts and Seeds as Part of a Healthy Alzheimer’s Diet?

Posted by on Friday, June 16th, 2017

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There’s been a lot of hype these days about antioxidants for the Alzheimer’s diet.  Nuts and Seeds (such as almonds and sunflower seeds) are foods that contain some of the highest levels of a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E.

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Is Popcorn Recommended as Part of a Healthy Alzheimer’s diet?

Posted by on Sunday, April 30th, 2017

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The number of healthy, quick to prepare snacks available for a healthy Alzheimer’s diet is somewhat limited, particularly if you purchase processed packaged food to save time.  But one tried and true low calorie, high fiber, all natural food for the Alzheimer’s diet is popcorn.  But, it’s important to note that all popcorn is not created equal. 

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10 Reasons to Eat Legumes as Part of a Healthy Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

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There is a pretty long list of foods that are recommended as part of a healthy Alzheimer’s diet.  From wild caught fish to berries and green leafy vegetables, brain healthy food choices are numerous.  But one food that doesn’t really get a lot of PR worthy of mentioning, is legumes (beans).  Legumes include any type of beans, lentils, soy nuts, peanuts (commonly categorized as nuts by mistake) and peas.  So, just why are legumes so healthy and why are they highly recommended as part of a heart and brain healthy diet? 

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Can Healthy Fat be Detrimental to the Alzheimer’s Diet?

Posted by on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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These days, many food experts and nutritionists are raving about healthy fats such as avocados and olive oil as part of a brain healthy Alzheimer’s diet.  The era of the low- fat weight loss diet fad is considered obsolete today.  Recent research indicates that healthy unsaturated fat is necessary for overall heart and brain health, and serves as an important component in a successful weight loss program.  But where do we draw the line when it comes to fat?   Can too much healthy unsaturated fat be detrimental to an Alzheimer’s prevention diet?

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A New Alzheimer’s Diet to Keep in MIND

Posted by on Sunday, March 12th, 2017

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A new Alzheimer’s diet called the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet may help to lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by as much as 53%.

A recent Rush University Medical Center study funded by the National Institute on Aging aimed to discover if the MIND diet effected the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).  Martha Clare Morris, PhD, and colleagues developed the MIND diet which integrates foods from the Mediterranean diet and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets. 

The MIND diet is considered a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diets, both of which have been shown in studies to lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.  Some studies have found that the two diets may also help protect against Alzheimer’s dementia. 

The MIND diet was developed after compiling years of past research results about the therapeutic and adverse effects of various foods on brain health.   

For years, scientists have known that diet can have a big impact on heart health and now the evidence is stacking up that an increase of some foods and restriction of others can contribute to brain health.

The MIND Diet Study

The study of 900 people ages 58 to 98 participated in neurological testing and answered questionnaires about daily food consumption.  Those study group members who followed the MIND diet recommendations closely were found to test higher in cognitive functioning tests.  In fact, they exhibited the range of cognitive functioning of a person 7 and a half years younger.

The study results, published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, revealed that AD risks were lowered by 53% in those who “adhered rigorously” to the diet and by 35% in the participants who followed the diet “moderately.”

One of the most exciting outcomes of the study was the fact that even those who only moderately followed the diet reduced their risk of AD by a third.   

Nutritional epidemiologist, Martha Clare Morris, PHD, the lead author of the MIND diet study, said “Diet appears to be just one of many factors that play into who gets the disease.” “Genetics and other factors like smoking, exercise and education also play a role, but the MIND diet helped slow the rate of cognitive decline and protect against Alzheimer’s regardless of other risk factors” said Morris.

Morris went on to explain the MIND diet is an easier diet to follow than the Mediterranean diet, which is comprised of a daily diet of several servings for fruits and vegetables as well as fish.  In comparison, the MIND diet simply lists 10 brain healthy foods and 5 foods to avoid, see Part 2 of the MIND diet for details on the specific foods on each list. 

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Home Cooked Meals: A Primary Ingredient for The Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Friday, February 17th, 2017

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If you or a loved are attempting to adhere to the Alzheimer’s diet, you may be interested to learn about a recent study on home cooked meals.  The study, published by John Hopkins School of Public Health, (online in the journal Public Health Nutrition) says people who cook at home, may be getting many health benefits compared to those who eat out.  In fact, the study found those who make more home cooked meals are consuming less calories than others who don’t cook as often.  Find out about the conclusions of this study  and  how home cooking can enhance and support the Alzheimer’s diet.

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The Facts About Fiber for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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Fiber is a vital nutrient for disease prevention and overall health, it also carries a lot of weight when considering some of the best  foods for the Alzheimer’s diet.

In today’s hectic world of rushing from place to place, it can be a real challenge to get enough fiber intake  each day.  You may be surprised to learn that the recommended daily intake of fiber is around 25 to 30 grams.  The fiber should be from a variety of food sources (not from supplements).  This recommendation comes from the American Heart Association.  Most Americans get only about half that amount each day.  So, what’s so great about fiber, and how can you ensure you are getting the right amount for a healthy Alzheimer’s diet?  

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Infammation Promoting Foods to Avoid as Part of a Healthy Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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Many recent studies are exploring the possibility that inflammation could be a prime factor in the Alzheimer’s disease process. The two most common physiologic signs of Alzheimer’s in the brain are, plaques of amyloid beta protein, and tangles of tau protein. Chronic inflammation is also thought to play a major role in Alzheimer’s disease.   For those who want to maintain a healthy Alzheimer’s diet, it is beneficial to know which foods lend themselves to increasing inflammation in the body.

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Foods You Don’t Need to Buy Organic for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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Although eating organic foods is recommended as part of a health Alzheimer’s diet, there are some foods you don’t necessarily need to buy organic.  A healthy Alzheimer’s diet for people on a budget may include some organic and some non-organic foods.  But how do you know which foods are healthy to purchase non-organic? 

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The “Whole” Truth About Healthy Grains for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2016

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We hear a lot about the benefit of substituting whole grains for refined sources of carbohydrates in our diet these days-particularly for the Alzheimer’s diet.   The food industry has jumped on the bandwagon, offering everything from packaged whole grain pasta, pizza crust, snack items and more.  But are these processed prepackaged foods labeled “healthy whole grains” good for the Alzheimer’s diet?  If not, what exactly constitutes healthy whole grains, and how do you know uncover the truth about whole grains?

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