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Belmont Village Offers Food For Thought — Nutritional Basics For Brain Health

Pictured: Josephine’s Kitchen at Belmont village

The Alzheimer’s Association has named June Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there is hope. Research indicates there are things you can do to maintain your brain and retain cognitive function longer. Not surprisingly, physical fitness and good nutrition top the list.

According to current research, a brain-healthy diet encourages good blood flow to the brain and is low in fat and cholesterol. Like the heart, the brain needs the right balance of nutrients to function well. A brain-healthy diet is most effective when combined with physical and mental activity and social interaction.

Belmont Village’s Smart Tips for Brain Health:     

• Eat in moderation and increase intake of protective foods that may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and protect brain cells.

• Avoid artery-clogging saturated fats and cholesterol that can put you at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Use mono-and polyunsaturated fats like olive oil. Bake or grill – don’t fry!

• Eat your brussel sprouts! Dark-skinned fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of naturally occurring antioxidants – kale, spinach, brussel and alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beets, red bell pepper, onion, corn and eggplant top the veggie list.

• Plum picks for antioxidant-rich fruits include, well, plums. Also, prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, oranges, red grapes and cherries.

• Swim upstream with cold water fish containing beneficial omega-3 fatty acids like halibut, mackerel, salmon, trout and tuna.

• Go nuts for almonds, pecans and walnuts – they’re a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant.

• Take your vitamins – Especially vitamin E, or vitamins E and C together, vitamin B12 and folate. All may be important in lowering your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. A brain-healthy diet will help your body use these vitamins effectively.

Belmont Village Senior Living provides a range of memory care and enrichment programs designed to help maintain mental acuity. For more information, visit  www.belmontvillage.com.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Their June campaign encourages people to take action, raise awareness and become an advocate. To learn more about how you can “Go Purple” in the fight against Alzheimer’s this month, please visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.alz.org/socal/” http://www.alz.org/socal/.

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