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Foods That May Delay the Onset of Dementia

By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on

Whether you’ve noticed early warning signs of dementia or simply want to protect your senior loved one’s cognitive health, there are a few foods that have been effective in delaying the onset of this disease. Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach offers you a list of delicious and nutritious foods your loved one may want to include in his or her diet.

Leafy Greens

Greens such as kale, spinach, and collards are rich in B vitamins and folate. These vitamins have been shown to improve brain function. The body uses B vitamins to create neurotransmitters in the brain. Foods high in B-complex vitamins can also improve overall mood by reducing stress and anxiety that can lead to depression.

Cherries and Other Berries

Cherries and berries contain anthocyanin, which gives the fruits their vibrant color. Anthocyanin is a powerful antioxidant that can prevent damage by free radicals that may lead to dementia. These fruits also contain vitamins C and E, antioxidants that can improve brain function, cardiovascular health, and the immune system.

Beans and Legumes

Beans are an excellent source of iron, folate, potassium, and magnesium for seniors. Iron is an essential part of hemoglobin that carries oxygen throughout the body, including the brain. Folate, potassium, and magnesium promote healthy neuron and body function. Legumes also increase levels of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is vital for brain function.

Olive Oil

This oil, popular in many Mediterranean dishes, is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent the brain lesions associated with dementia. Studies show that people who regularly eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduce their overall risk of dementia. In addition to olive oil, you can find omega-3 fatty acids in flax seeds and in fish such as salmon.

Pumpkin and Squash

Pumpkin and squash are loaded with antioxidants including vitamins A, C, and E and contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. These qualities promote cardiovascular health and increase blood flow to the brain. These fruits also contain B vitamins, folate, and iron that can protect your loved one’s brain health and cognitive function.

Eating healthy is always important, especially in cases of preventative care. If your senior loved one could use a helping hand grocery shopping and preparing dementia-fighting meals, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer hourly and live-in care, as well as reliable dementia care Palm Beach families trust. Call a friendly Care Manager at 561.429.8292 and request a complimentary in-home consultation.