Having someone in your family diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be life-changing- especially if you are in a position to become that person’s caretaker. In addition to a lifestyle alteration, news of the diagnosis can also cause concern because Alzheimer’s does possess a hereditary component- meaning that if one of your parents have the disease, you have a higher chance of being affected as well. Fortunately, Alzheimer’s is the product of several factors including diet, and eating a healthy diet can both prevent the disease and slow its progression. Here are five foods to eat for better mental health:
- Berries: Blueberries in particular are rich in antioxidants and science has shown that eating berries at least twice a week can improve cognitive function.
- Leafy Greens: Leafy greens such as kale, collards, spinach and broccoli are rich in vitamins and nutrients. Eating at least two servings a week can help protect your mind from deteriorating disorders.
- Fish: In addition to being good for your brain, fish is also rich in Omega 3, which can help prevent other age-related diseases such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
- Olive Oil: In addition to being good for the heart due to lower fat content, olive oil is also good for the mind. In fact, ancient Greeks and Romans believed that regular consumption of olive oil was ideal for overall mental and physical wellbeing.
- Nuts: Rich in good fats, fiber, proteins and antioxidants, nuts are a great way to round off a balanced diet. Nuts also contain Omega 3 and 6, Vitamin B6, and folate- which work to help improve brain function.
Introducing mind-healthy foods into your family’s diet can be great for everyone. However, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is also a challenge that you don’t have to face alone. At Sutton In-Home Senior Care, we are committed to helping care for your loved ones by providing home visits and other help to ensure that your loved one receives the best possible care to enhance their quality of life.