Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys memory and the ability to think and think. According to recent estimates, about 4 million people in the United States suffer from dementia, most of them with Alzheimer’s.
By 2050, that number could reach 16 million.
However, by making some simple adjustments to your diet to include foods rich in folic acid, you can reduce your risk. Studies have shown that older adults on a high-folate diet cut their risk of Alzheimer’s by half compared to adults whose diet contains less than the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
Folate has also been shown to lower homocysteine levels in the blood, a risk factor for heart disease. High homocysteine levels, as well as decreased folate and vitamin B-12 levels have also been linked to stroke and Alzheimer’s.
Balance Your Food Intake
A healthy and balanced diet is the best option to get the folic acid you need. Make sure you have at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day. Foods rich in folate include oranges and bananas, dark green leafy vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, liver, and many types of beans and peas, such as lime, lentils, and chickpeas, as well as fortified breads and cereals.
The antioxidants in apples, according to recent research, may help protect the brain from the type of damage Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease causes. But it is estimated that, on average, Americans eat only one-seventh of an apple a day, far from being enough.
Blueberries are also a great option to arm your body and counteract weakened mental powers. Choosing unsaturated fats is also important to keep your circulatory system healthy. Healthy blood flow and blood vessels reduce the likelihood of brain damage due to stroke or circulatory disorders.
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