Dementia Diet

Any dementia diet should be followed in addition to the two basic tenets of mental health; physical and mental exercise.

If the body is kept healthy and functioning well through regular exercise this will help maintain good cognitive function. Keep the mind active by challenging it with learning new skills and stretching it with tests and puzzles.

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For example I like to do a daily crossword puzzle and creating new content for my websites. I also enjoy walking, cycling and running for regular exercise.

However to boost your chances of keeping dementia at bay into old age certain foods have been shown to be beneficial:

Ginkgo Biloba

The leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree, native to China, contain high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, antioxidants that provide protection against oxidative cell damage from harmful free radicals.


There is evidence that people with dementia can benefit from taking Ginkgo.
Some of its benefits include:


•    Improved mental processes
•    Improved memory
•    Better social awareness


The results of the study are published at Pubmed

It works by improving blood circulation in the brain and protects it from neuronal damage.

However in some people there may a risk of side effects; those suffering from poor blood circulation or those prescribed anticoagulants, such as aspirin.

Always consult your doctor before using supplements or changing your diet.

Vitamin E

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association of 613 patients with early symptoms of dementia at care homes in Minnesota, show that those given high doses of vitamin E supplements, showed a slower decline in their condition than those given a placebo.

The vitamin E group showed a 19% reduction in mental decline and required 2 hours less daily attention from carers. The UK Alzheimer’s Society warned that the large doses required (1300mg per day) may be harmful for some people and that anyone considering using supplements should first consult their doctor.

However eating foods rich in vitamin E could offer more natural benefits; a diet rich in vitamin E might include:

Seeds and nuts; almonds and hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, 

Fish:shellfish e.g. shrimp, oily fish e.g. trout, herring, salmon

Vegetable oils e.g. olive oil,

Fresh vegetables; broccoli, squash,spinach

Fresh fruit; Avocado, cherries

Misc; Tofu

Fresh Fruit

Whole grains

Whole grains are a great natural source of energy; foods such as wholemeal bread, rice and pasta release glucose slowly boosting the energy available to the brain. A great addition to any dementia diet.

Blueberries

This widely available fruit is reputed to enhance and retain short term memory according to research conducted at Tufts University.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes for a dementia diet

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant which helps protect against damage to brain cells caused by free radicals.

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