New research reveals that leading a healthy lifestyle has a much more relevant impact on our cognitive health.
A team from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago reported study findings at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles, on how five lifestyle habits have decreased the risk of developing the disease by 60%, and how adopting four of the five showed the same results.
The five lifestyle choices in the study were:
- 150-minute moderate to vigorous activity per week
- Not smoking
- Limit to one alcoholic drink per day
- Doing cognitive stimulation (e.g. problem-solving tasks)
- A healthy diet of mostly vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, seafood, poultry and olive oil.
Additionally, not all of the participants strictly followed all five of the listed habits over the 6 to 9-year course if the research. This indicated another positive statistic for those who just adopted one of the healthier lifestyle choices to their current number of factors—the risk of dementia was additionally reduced by 22%.
Get your “polyphenols and phytonutrients”
It has been proven in scientific research that polyphenols and phytonutrients, mysterious components of plant-based foods, are what we should be eating if we value our brain function.
A 2016 study on Good News Network (GNN) reported that the phytonutrient flavonoids called anthocyanins found in blueberries help it ward off from Alzheimer’s, at the same time improved memory and cognitive function in some older adults.
Due to the polyphenol content of blueberries and grapes, a combination of the two also dramatically improved memory, spatial recognition and learning capabilities in a 2018 study.
The compound found in mushrooms called ergothioneine, or ET,: also protects cognitive function particularly against mild cognitive impairment (MCI). A study from the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine discovered that seniors consuming more than two portions of mushrooms every week had reduced risks of developing mental decline by as much as 50%.
Teeth Flossing linked to dementia
DNA-based evidence showed that the bacteria causing gingivitis can move to the brain where it can release toxins that kill cerebral nerve cells. According to Piotr Mydel from the University of Bergen, the presence of bacteria in the brain can lead to a faster onset for people who are already at risk of the disease.
Use Your Brain
Another way to fight off dementia is by exercising your gray matter through crossword puzzles, word searches or word quizzes.
A scientific study presented at the 2017 American College of Lifestyle Medicine discussed how word puzzles could benefit elderly patients with dementia. It further suggested that even for those who already have signs of cognitive decline can still ‘use it’ with a little help.
Source: Good News Network