If you have cared for an elderly spouse or parent slowly losing their memory and other cognitive capabilities, you would probably do anything to stop or reverse this terrible affliction. Although we can’t turn back the clock, a dietary intervention early in life may help reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
In an interesting article published in Medscape, researchers reviewed data from multiple randomized trials and studies and reached several conclusions:
- A Mediterranean diet may help with AD and probably decreases the risk for AD in both MCI patients and nondemented persons.
- A combination of B vitamins (folic acid, B6, B12) may help with MCI
- A low carb/low calorie diet may help decrease the chances of dementia
- Some omega-3 fatty acids are likely to decrease cognitive impairment in MCI
- Flavonoids in berries may delay symptoms of dementia
Basically: eat less processed foods. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and lean meat. Sound familiar?