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Heart-Healthy Diet Also Best for Your Brain

December 6, 2011

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the same conditions that damage the heart or blood vessels—high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol—also appear to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia. Researchers speculate that dietary patterns that have demonstrated cardiovascular benefits may also help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Two examples are the so-called “Mediterranean diet” (relatively little red meat, with an emphasis on whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish and shellfish, nuts, olive oil and other healthy fats) and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan.

And some studies have found that the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in fish could also have benefits for your brain.

In addition, foods rich in vitamin E may help stave off mental decline with aging. In results from one study tracing 5,395 people ages 55 and up for nearly a decade, researchers reported that those with the highest dietary intake of vitamin E from food were less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s than those consuming the least. The polyunsaturated fats found in liquid vegetable oils and some spreads (not those containing partially hydrogenated fats) are one healthy way to get dietary vitamin E.

Another study found a link between blood levels of vitamin D in 858 older Italian adults and risk of cognitive decline. Vitamin D may help prevent the degeneration of brain tissue, researchers speculated.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping to improve the cognitive skills of clients of all ages. Find out more about Optiminds brain fitness programs and cognitive skills training by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. And be sure to visit our website at www.optimindsct.com.

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