Dementia is defined as the loss of intellectual faculties, including memory, which interrupts social and occupational functioning. Dementia may be sparked by vascular problems, which curtail blood flow to the brain. Other culprits include brain trauma or injury — even if it occurred several years prior to the onset of memory loss.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the best known type of dementia; it involves the disruption of normal brain cell function. Two hallmarks of AD are abnormal amounts of protein plaques and tangles within the brain. These usually affect brain regions responsible for learning and memory first.
The good news is that a large amount of research shows that certain dietary factors can determine whether the brain stays healthy in old age — or not (J Nutri Health Aging 2006;10:386). Here are some ideas for dietary choices:
- Go Mediterranean
- Keep up the variety
- Care about carotene
- Focus on fish
- Grab the garlic
- Consider a cocktail
- Eat an apple a day
- Have a coffee break
Our chiropractic office is committed to helping patients achieve overall wellness. That’s why we focus on teaching patients about nutrition and disease prevention. If you’re interested in learning more about how specific foods and nutrients fight disease, ask us about additional educational materials and learning opportunities.
Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Educator