Protect the Memories: Don’t Sleep on Symptoms is a unique series focused on early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
It took many by surprise when the beloved chef B. Smith died of Alzheimer’s disease back in 2020. She gifted us with traditional and original meals but had a personal struggle with memory loss.
Studies show that certain foods can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. But how do you know what to invite into your diet when there are so many options?
Marisa Moore is a registered dietitian based in Atlanta. She shares quick recipes on her Instagram, many of which include brain boosting foods like kale, spinach, cabbage, and arugula. These and other leafy green vegetables are proven to boost brain health. It’s because they’re full of antioxidants, which help cells defend themselves. Broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts are good for your brain because they’re rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory properties. Keeping inflammation down is a good way to ward off against memory loss.
Omega 3s are proven to boost memory, too. The Detroit-based chef Angela Davis incorporates salmon, sardines, tuna, cod, and other fish with omega-3 fatty acids in her social media recipes. If you’re allergic to fish, you can get your fatty acids in flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts, as well as plant oils.
There are some diets designed specifically to fight memory loss and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. The MIND diet is one of them. It stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. It’s based on a Mediterranean diet and encourages:
- Olive oil
- Whole grains
Of course, every brain and body is different. If you’d like to understand more about what works well for your system, then create a food journal. Take note of what foods you are eating on a daily basis. Consult with a dietitian about your specific needs. (Eat an avocado or have some berries before you make your appointment!)
We would love to hear from you and hear your story about how Alzheimer’s disease has impacted you and your family. Fill out the form below to share your story.