Is There Any Food That Can Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Despite extensive research, both cause and cure for Alzheimer’s disease remain difficult to track.

Experts theorize that a complicated combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors result in cognitive decline. They are still working on exactly how it happens and what can be done to prevent it.

One area of exploration is diet. While there have been no definitive findings, there are certain foods that are being carefully studied for their relationship to Alzheimer’s.

Tara Harwood, registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio said that there is a correlation between food and Alzheimer’s.

“A few studies found a correlation between high dietary fish with omega-3 fatty acid intake and a decrease in developing Alzheimer’s. However, more studies must be conducted before any conclusions can be drawn. You can reduce your exposure to free radicals by limiting contact with the sun, environmental pollutants, and cigarette smoke. However, free radicals are a byproduct of metabolism, which occurs every minute of the day. Because it’s impossible to completely eliminate free radicals, [eating foods with] antioxidants, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids, can help.”

Foods high in antioxidants are berries, dark green and orange vegetables, nuts, and beans.

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