This Is the #1 Diet to Follow to Prevent Alzheimer's, Says New Study
Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting nearly 6 million Americans and its prevalence is on the rise. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that the number of people living with Alzheimer's will increase to 14 million by the year 2060.
While there is currently no cure for the cognitive disease, there are several ways you can stop or slow its progression via prescription drugs and even alternative treatments including dietary supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids. Existing and recent research also suggests that Alzheimer's could potentially be prevented through dietary choices made earlier on in life. (Related: 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet)
One new study published in the journal Neurology reveals that eating a Mediterranean-style diet could help to protect your brain from developing Alzheimer's disease. More specifically, researchers noted that consuming a diet rich in unsaturated fats (so think avocados and salmon) as well as fresh fruits and vegetables can help clear the brain of an abnormal buildup of proteins that deposit plaque around brain cells. This specific protein buildup is associated with memory loss and dementia.
A Mediterranean-style diet also calls for decreased consumption of dairy and red meat. In the study, those who were most diligent in following the brain-healthy diet not only performed better on cognitive tests but also demonstrated less brain volume shrinkage and protein biomarkers associated with the disease.