In the last few years, there has been an explosion in scientific evidence showing support for nutritional changes that can help prevent memory loss, as well as improve memory in patients with already diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease.
According to Alzheimer’s expert Dr. Richard Isaacson, author of “The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step by Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment,” certain steps can be taken to improve memory function for those with Alzheimer’s or mild cognitive impairment.
Alzheimer’s dietary recommendations include:
- Regular use of antioxidants. One study found that people who ate a minimum of two servings at least of blueberries or strawberries multiple times a week over the course of their lifetime, could delay the onset of memory loss or dementia by up to two and half years.
- Fasting overnight for 12 – 14 hours. After this time, according to the author, your body produces something called ketone bodies, which supports energy for the brain and also protects it by using a safer or alternative energy source.
- Drinking cocoa powder. Some recent studies show that very specific types of dark cocoa powder can have a brain boosting effect and improve memory scores.
- Following a Mediterranean-style diet. This includes eating fruits and vegetables, lean proteins like fish, chicken and turkey, types of fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids like wild salmon, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna, low fat yogurt and cheeses, and certain types of nuts and seeds.
- Drinking caffeinated coffee earlier in the day. There is some mysterious chemical in caffeinated coffee that is believed to actually protect brain function.
Dr. Isaacson says it’s all about following a comprehensive approach to fighting Alzheimer’s disease nutritionally, more than identifying any one miracle food.