Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brain Food (Part 2)

Alzheimer’s  disease is not reversible, despite the studies of scientists, researchers and doctors have not yet found a cure, however there are some foods that thanks to their components and nutrients are helpful for the prevention of this disease. Below we will show some of those foods that can easily fit into your daily eating habits.

Green Tea

It has been identified that green tea helps reduce the chances of getting Alzheimer's. This was discovered during a study from the University of Leeds, where researchers discovered the antioxidants present in green tea may alter the shape of the beta amyloid cell and interact with a particular protein in the cells found in the brain  and prevent new bad cells from forming.


Citrus fruits contain important antioxidants for your brain. Vitamin C helps prevent such accumulation of harmful substances in the brain tissue, which makes them highly recommended for diseases of the brain According to Dr. Christine von Arnim, University of Ulm in Germany, antioxidants help in Alzheimer prevention. Besides citrus other fruits such as papaya, guava, strawberry and kiwi are also abundant in anti-oxidants and Vitamin C.


Like green tea, it has been found that moderate amounts of red wine helps stop the death of cells in the brain, "It is important for increasing our understanding of the cause and progression of Alzheimer Disease.", says researcher principal, professor Nigel Hooper, School of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds.  It is suggest one glass of red wine in the evening is beneficial. Please note that the amount s ONE glass not one bottle. 


Coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the world, like citrus and green tea, coffee contains antioxidants that stimulate neural activity, while preventing brain death and memory loss. The Pan American Health Organization recommends consuming 3-4 cups of coffee per day (300-400mg of caffeine).


Dr Giovambattista Desideri L'Aquila, University of Italy, says chocolate is a food with greater ability to improve cognitive skills and prevents the onset of Alzheimer's and other brain diseases by improving blood flow to the brain neurons. Dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa is the best choice. 1 ounce of dark chocolate is also recommended for diabetics as it is low in sugar and high in benefits.

Coconut oil

A study of Spring Hill Regional Hospital showed as coconut oil is beneficial to maintain healthy brain cells. Dr. Mary Newport tried to experiment with many products to combat Alzheimer’s.  In time she found with adding two tablespoons per day in the diet, that there was a noticeable “slow-down” of the progression of the disease. 

Fruits and Vegetables in dark tones

These fruits and vegetables the same way as the above foods have a high capacity for preventing Alzheimer. The most recommended vegetables include spinach, broccoli, red onions, beets and eggplants; the most recommended fruits include black grapes, dried plums, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and cherries. Some of the absolute most nutritious foods are watercress, kale and baby spinach.  By adding at least four servings of these fruit and vegetables to your daily diet, you will be able to help control weight, blood pressure, blood sugar as well as helpng to keep your brain healthy, active and well fed. 

If you have not read our article; Brain Food (part 1) you can read it here.

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