Memory is the biggest asset for everyone. It identifies you who you are. Have you ever wondered if you forget where you keep your objects, how it will feel? You have to search your brush in the morning for hours. Everyday you have to search the mobile for hours. You will not find way back to your bedroom after going to bathroom. Sometimes it will become difficult to recognise face of your familiar people. The plight and sufferings are enormous. This is called dementia!!! It’s a very common disease in old people.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the commonest cause of Dementia in India. Every 3 second one person is having Alzheimer’s in the world. Due to increased health awareness and better health care the numbers of living aged people is on rise worldwide. Along with it the numbers of Alzheimer’s dementia cases are increasing day by day.
How to know if someone is suffering from Alzheimer’s dementia
Once Dementia starts it’s difficult to treat it. But dementia is preventable. There is a huge misconception that no one can prevent it. Several people think it’s due to the normal process of ageing. But in reality in many conditions we can prevent it by avoiding the risk factors.
Foods that can prevent memory loss
Fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. They help in sharpening memory and improving mood, as well as protecting against cognitive decline.
Coffee helps in boosting alertness and mood. It also offers some protection against Alzheimer’s, due to its antioxidant properties.
Blueberries are rich source of antioxidants that may delay brain ageing and improve memory.
Turmeric and its active compound curcumin have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, which helps in reducing symptoms of depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in micronutrients that are important for brain function, including copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.
Studies have suggested that flavonoids in chocolate could boost both memory and mood.
Nuts contain a brain-boosting nutrients, including vitamin E, healthy fats and plant compounds.
Oranges and citrus fruits
Oranges and other citrus fruits are high in vitamin C which can help defend your brain against damage from free radicals.
Eggs are a rich source of several B vitamins and choline, which are important for proper brain functioning and development.
It’s caffeine content boosts alertness, while its antioxidant properties protect the brain.(link)
The famous MIND diet for prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia
Mind diet is Mediterranean intervention diet for Neurological delay. Several studies have revealed that it can reduce the Alzheimer’s risk by 53%. It slows cognitive decline.
So let’s fight to prevent memory loss.
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Morris MC, Tangney CC, Wang Y, Sacks FM, Bennett DA, Aggarwal NT. MIND diet associated with reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s & Dementia. 2015 Sep 1;11(9):1007-14.