Dr Oz: Alzheimer’s Disease Diet
Doctor Oz presented an Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan on today’s show and then went on to give us an Anti-Alzheimer’s Disease Diet. You’ve heard that diet and exercise can keep your body healthy. You may even know that working out your brain by playing a word games, such as a crossword puzzle or even Scrabble may help to reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Medical professionals even suggest playing an instrument to reduce the advancement of Alzheimer’s. Another way to reduce your risk is by eating the right foods. In this segment, Dr Oz brought out Dr. Gary Small, MD, to show you what foods can help fight Alzheimer’s.
Dr Oz: Anti-Alzheimer’s Disease Diet
1. Fish- eating halibut, salmon or anchovies are great ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s.
These foods are rich in antioxidants and high in omega 3s. To maximize your benefits, eat baked or grilled (not fried) fish 2X per week.
2. Antioxidant Foods- Studies indicate that russet potatoes are potent antioxidants. They fight diabetes, prevent oxidative stress and lower blood sugar. Be sure to bake them. (That means no French fries for you!)
Colorful Fruits and Veggies- this includes garlic, which in large amounts can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Colorful fruits are a part of a brain, heart and body healthy diet.
Dr Oz: Curry Fights Alzheimer’s Disease
3. Spices- Spices such as curry powder is another great way to fight Alzheimer’s. In India (a nation that often uses curry powder), the rate of Alzheimer’s is much lower than the US. Studies show that curry powder helps you perform better on memory tests. Curry powder is also high in antioxidants, high in curcumin, and contains anti-plaque agents. (Curcumin is found in mustard, so next time you’re at the ball game, get a SMALL hot dog and load it up with mustard.) Vanilla bean is also an antioxidant.
4. Coffee- Have your morning cup of joe, but in moderation. Studies show that 1-2 C per day lowers risk for Alzheimer’s. Coffee also reduces the risk of diabetes. Moderation is the key. Too much increases the heart rate and can raise blood pressure. (No studies have been done with caffeine supplements.) If you’re not a coffee drinker, try green tea or a little bit of dark chocolate. (I’ll take the dark chocolate, thanks!)
Dr Oz: The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program
For more information on Alzheimer’s prevention foods, check out Dr. Small’s book, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life.