Dietary Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Vitamin B12 is high in eggs, fish, shellfish and red meat, and low-fat dairy, among other good things. A varied diet is always a good thing :). I didn’t know about watching out for too much iron…

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“Alzheimer’s disease isn’t a natural part of aging,” notes lead author Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee and an adjunct professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. “By staying active and moving plant-based foods to the center of our plates, we have a fair shot at rewriting our genetic code for this heart-wrenching , and costly, disease.”

Alzheimer’s Disease International predicts Alzheimer’s rates will triple worldwide by 2050. The Alzheimer’s Association predicts long-term care costs start at $41,000 per year.

The seven guidelines to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease are:

  • Minimize your intake of saturated fats and trans fats. Saturated fat is found primarily in dairy products, meats, and certain oils (coconut and palm oils). Trans fats are found in many snack pastries and fried foods and are listed on labels as “partially hydrogenated oils.”
  • Eat…

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Edelman
    Jun 24, 2015 @ 06:46:47

    Vitamin B12 is in all those things you mentioned, but if you’re trying also to avoid saturated fat, the best way to get B12 is through supplementation. I suppose that’s why the supplement is mentioned in the Alzheimer’s post that way. I love reading Neil Barnard. He makes everything straightforward. Thanks to Kathy Man for posting and to you for sharing!

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    • Vinny Grette
      Jun 24, 2015 @ 16:00:28

      I do try to avoid saturated fats. But I do make an exception for coconut oil with its medium and short chain fatty acids. I choose low-fat dairy to cut down on saturated fats. And i have red meat only occasionally, preferring fish and poultry. I do try to avoid supplements but i cave when it comes to vitamin D and calcium. I subscribe to lumosity and accoRding to them I’m still in the top two thirds but hope to get better… and yes, Kathy Man does afab job of keeping us up to date on the latest studies :).

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  2. James
    Jun 24, 2015 @ 06:07:33

    Actually, my wife had me reading books by David Perlmutter and Bruce Fife that suggested grains were worse for the brain than just about anything else. She’s also a proponent of “good fats,” particularly coconut oil.

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    • Vinny Grette
      Jun 24, 2015 @ 16:07:26

      James, I know there are a few folks out there who pan grains. But there are just as many others who think whole grains make a fine addition to a balanced diet. I try to steer clear of things made with refined flour. I did a few posts on wheat if you want to read more… use my search box. Thanks for commenting!

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