From Sharp Health News, a publication of Sharp HealthCare
Once again, experts have given us an additional reason to eat a plant-forward diet.
According to a recent study, a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fish and healthy fats, such as the Mediterranean diet, can reduce a person’s chance of developing dementia by nearly 25%, even if they have a family history of the disease.
A Mediterranean-style diet has diverse micronutrient and anti-inflammatory properties that can help slow cognitive decline. The diet also promotes increased consumption of omega-3 monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Omega-3 fats are found in:
- Omega-3 eggs
- Chia seeds, walnuts and flax seeds
Foods that can increase your risk of dementia
When it comes to foods to avoid when trying to decrease your risk for dementia, studies show consuming a diet high in processed foods may contribute to chronic inflammation.
Ultra-processed foods to avoid include:
- Prepackaged sweets and desserts
- Processed meats
- Fast food
- Deep-fried food
- Salty, packaged snacks
Lifestyle choices make a difference
To further help slow cognitive decline and reduce the risk of dementia, experts recommend additional lifestyle changes, including:
- Get regular physical exercise.
- Stay socially active.
- Maintain daily cognitive activity.
- Abstain from smoking and alcohol.
What you eat can have a significant impact on your brain function and memory. A Mediterranean diet is a great way to ensure you’re eating a healthy diet and may be essential for good brain function.
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