Saturday, February 27, 2016

Nutrition and Memory

In our March newsletter, there is an interesting article about Alzheimer's and the latest research on the role nutrition plays.  Here is an excerpt:

As time goes on, studies show that nutrition is a large factor in preventing, delaying, and/or treating many chronic diseases. A literature review was completed to develop a set of dietary and lifestyle guidelines to contribute to Alzheimer’s prevention. The following six guidelines are the product of the study:
1.    Saturated and trans fats should be minimized in the diet. Saturated fats are found in meat, dairy and certain oils (palm and coconut). Trans fats are in many pastries and fried foods. Trans fat is listed as “partially hydronated oils” on labels.
2.    The primary staples of the diet should be vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and legumes; instead of dairy and meats.
3.    Vitamin E, as with other nutrients, should come from food and not supplements if possible. Vitamin E supplements do not replicate the range that vitamin E in food does. Foods rich in this vitamin include spinach, red bell peppers, tomatoes, mangos, and papayas.
4.    Vitamin B12 should be part of the daily diet. Therefore, it is important to consume fortified foods or a B12 supplement. The best sources for this nutrient are animal products; however, it may be best to rely on eggs and fish for the most part. Additionally, soy milk and soy products, which are fortified with B12, are great plant derived sources. Many times a supplement and food sources are not enough. It is important to get blood levels tested in case a B12 shot is required regularly.
5.    Multivitamins taken should not include iron and/or copper supplements, unless directed by your physician. Some studies showed that high intake of copper and iron, in addition to high saturated fat, had a cognitive decline comparable to 19 years of aging.
6.    Minimize exposure to aluminum, which include cookware, antacids, and baking powder. The role of aluminum in brain function is still being studied; however, some studies showed that even a modest increase resulted in cognitive decline. Lastly, aluminum has no role in our human biology.

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