Reducing Your Risk through Diet

Reducing Your Risk through Diet

21 Jun 2017

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Staff Writer

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With any chronic disease such as #Alzheimer’s it is important that we consider how diet can help prevent the disease or slow its progress. We have already learned that there are links with a high fat diet and Alzheimer’s disease. We know too that the same dietary factors that increase the risk of #Coronary Artery Disease also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Notably, these are a diet with heavy consumption of animal products (meat, eggs, milk and cheese). But there is also some evidence that the addition of certain foods to the diet will help stave off the disease.

 Neuroscientists have shown for the first time that a diet high in the #omega-3 fatty acid DHA helps protect the brain against the memory loss and cell damage caused by Alzheimer's disease. The new research reported in the journal Neuron suggests that a DHA-rich diet may lower one's risk of Alzheimer's disease and help slow progression of the disorder in its later stages. DHA is found in fish but the fish get it from the ocean plants and algae. So where do we get algae if we want to remain #vegetarian? If a person eats microalgae one would be getting DHA first hand. Spirulina is a good source of algae. There are other sources available from your health food store. Other omega-3 and anti-inflammatory foods would also be wise additions to help prevent the disease. These would include flax seed, almonds, walnuts and greens such as bok choy, kale, collards, and mustard. Even though foods such as salmon, chicken, and eggs are highly touted sources of #omega-3s and other essential nutrients, it is not necessary as the same nutrients can be obtained from these vegetarian sources.


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