Dietary Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Prevention

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Unfortunately there is no cure for Alzheimer’s at this time. There are only medications that may delay the progression of the disease at the early stages.  So if we can’t cure Alzheimer’s right now, the best thing we can do in my opinion, is to learn all we can to try to prevent this frightening disease.

At the “International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain” in Washington on July 19th & 20th, 2013,  seven guidelines were outlined in order to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease:

1-Minimize intake of saturated fat & trans fat including “partially hydrogenated oils.”

2-Whole grains, vegetables, legumes (beans,peas & lentils), and fruit should be the primary staples of your diet.

3-A small handful (one ounce) of nuts and/or seeds should be part of your daily food intake.

4-Include a reliable source of B-12 either through fortified foods or a supplement

5-Choose multi vitamins without iron and copper unless directed by your doctor.

6-Avoid the use of cookware, antacids, baking powder & other products that may contribute to dietary aluminum while the role of aluminum in Alzheimer’s is still being investigated.

7-Aerobic exercise for 40 minutes at least 3 times a week which would include brisk walking.

Easy enough…..??  And what’s nice is that these guidelines may not only help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease but also may be beneficial for heart health as well.  I would be happy to meet with you and discuss simple changes you can do to incorporate these guidelines into your every day lifestyle.

 

 

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Nancy A. Goodman

Nancy A. Goodman, NSCA-CPT, ISSA is a certified nutrition consultant and personal trainer. She has years of experience working with individuals to attain their fitness and overall health goals. She is committed to helping her clients live a robust life of wellness.

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