Here are three scientifically-proven ways to use food to keep our memory sharp, and prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia:
#1: Avoid processed carbs. Neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson says that carbs alter blood sugar levels in a way that causes inflammation in the brain, which is associated with memory diseases. Luckily, he says it’s never too late to swear off white bread. A recent study showed that seniors with mild cognitive impairment who switched to a low-carb diet improved their memory scores. Or eat whole grains – the fiber keeps our blood sugar from spiking and crashing.
Here’s another essential tip for keeping our brain sharp: Consume plenty of nuts, seeds, and berries. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts and flaxseeds have been shown to cut dementia risk as much as 60-percent. And, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that eating blueberries and strawberries on a regular basis delayed cognitive decline in seniors for more than two years. They believe it’s because the flavonoids in berries help keep brain cells functioning normally.
And finally: When we eat matters as much as what we eat. Dr. Christopher Ochner is an expert on nutrition and the brain. And he says we should stop eating at least 12 hours before we’re scheduled to have breakfast the following day. That’s because, when we go for long periods without eating, our system produces compounds called ketone bodies. And early research suggests they help protect brain cells from age-related wear. So, hitting those “early bird” specials as you get older could save your memory as well as money.