Although it is clear that there is a genetic element to Alzheimer’s disease, there are certain non-genetic risk factors associated with developing this disease. One area of risk seems to be with a person’s diet. What is happening inside the brain seems to be related, to a certain extent, with a person’s diet. Some researchers have concluded that the same diet that helps to keep your heart healthy, will also keep your brain healthy too.
A good diet to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Although there are no guarantees that any diet will prevent any disease from afflicting an individual, it would seem that a diet that is low in fat and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables will help both the heart and brain. This type of diet helps to prevent a build-up of plaque in the heart and arteries, but does the same for the brain.
Fresh produce contains antioxidants
Many fresh fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that absorb free radicals that cause cell damage. Hence, they prevent many cells from dying. Since this includes brain cells, a diet rich in fresh produce will help fight off Alzheimer’s disease. The key to getting the most out of fruits and vegetables is to eat a variety of them as well as eight or more servings each day.
What causes Alzheimer’s is still a mystery, but there is ongoing research with new discoveries happening frequently. One example of leading edge research into Alzheimer’s and nutrition is being done by Bruce Semon, M.D., Ph.D. at the Wisconsin Institute of Nutrition.