Even though dementia currently has no cure, leading a healthy lifestyle and having a diet rich in vitamins can help prevent the disease. Dementia generally describes a multitude of brain disorders that are usually most common in older folks. The symptoms of dementia can range anywhere from short-term memory loss to full-blown Alzheimer’s. Although dementia is still boggling to many, scientists are finally catching up. There is currently no cure to dementia, but a healthy lifestyle full of vitamins and nutrients could play a large role in reducing ones chance of ever getting the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia, is believed to affect approximately 35 million people across the globe. With so many affected and no present cure, researchers have been looking into ways to prevent the disease from ever occurring in the first place.
While taking a multi-vitamin every day might not ensure that people are protected against dementia, leading a healthy lifestyle could have a larger impact than previously thought. A healthy diet can benefit your brain in more ways than one. Vitamin E, which is plentiful in spinach, avocados, nuts, and fish, can reduce free radical damage to your brain, thus making one a lot less susceptible to dementia.
Another way to reduce free radicals and help prevent dementia is to take in more antioxidants, as well as vitamins. Antioxidants prevent the oxidation of another molecule. Similar to the way metal can become susceptible to rusting, antioxidants can help prevent the brain from becoming “rusty” by preventing oxidation. Vitamins that are high in antioxidants include Vitamin E, C, and A, as well as selenium. Blueberries are extremely high in antioxidants and also contain Vitamin A and C. Even just a single cup of blueberries every week can have positive effects on the brain.
B vitamins are also important for healthy brain function. Some recent studies show that there is a relationship between dementia patients and low levels of vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid. After age 60 the brain begins to shrink at the rate of around 0.5 percent per year, but that rate becomes even faster in those with a deficiency of Vitamin B12. Good sources of B vitamins include brown rice, mushrooms, asparagus, fruit, and leafy green vegetables as well as meat, cheese, and eggs.
Although exercise is not in the category of vitamins, it does lead to a healthy lifestyle, which can help prevent dementia as well. Exercising creates more oxygen and blood flow that lead to your brain and improves cognitive function. Exercise is not limited to just physical activity, it is important to do mental exercises as well to ward off dementia.
For those who already have dementia, it is not too late to prevent the disease from progressing even further. It is never a bad idea to lead a healthy lifestyle. From having a nutritional diet full of vitamins, to exercising not only your body, but exercising your brain as well to help retain cognitive function.
A healthy lifestyle in general can help prevent a number of diseases. For those specifically concerned with one of the most common and frequent disorders in older people, vitamins and nutrients can be the best weapon they have against fighting off dementia before it has the chance to attack.
By Addi Simmons