January 10, 2013Dementia is a heart-breaking condition that affects more and more Americans as our elderly population increases. In 2002, dementia struck 13.9% individuals aged 71 and older or about 3.4 million individuals in the United States. By 2030, the population of elderly Americans will increase to 70 million adding to the number of people at high risk of this disease! Dementia is a far-reaching condition because he decline in memory and other thought processes causes a loss of independence that impacts individuals, their families and the healthcare system. Not surprisingly, the food you eat has a lot to do with the health of your brain as you age. People in their late 80s with higher blood levels of vitamins B, C, D and E and omega-3 fatty acids did better on cognitive tests and had less of the brain shrinkage than typical Alzheimer’s patients, according to a study from Oregon Health and Science University. Another recent study from the University of Miami found that a Mediterranean diet, with vegetables, fruit, small amounts of meat and fish, whole grains, nuts and olive oil, may protect the brain from small blood-vessel damage. Many other studies have investigated the dementia-fighting benefits of leafy greens and vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower. Protect yourself and your loved ones by including these healthy items in your nutritional regimen:
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