Memory Boosting Superfoods That Fight Alzheimer’s

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In order to get enough of these brain boosters, you’ll want to make sure your loved one stocks up on these foods:

Vegetables, especially leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnip greens and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, which have been strongly linked to lower levels of cognitive decline in older age, according to a study in the Annals of Neurology.

Salmon and other cold-water fish, such as halibut, tuna, mackerel and sardines, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Other omega-3 sources include beans, some nuts, flax seeds and healthy oils, like olive oil.

Berries and dark-skinned fruits which are rich in antioxidants. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, some of the fruits that pack the most punch are blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries.

Coffee and chocolate are surprisingly good for you. Recent studies have shown that caffeine and coffee can be used as therapeutics against Alzheimer’s disease. The caffeine and antioxidants in these two tasty treats may help ward off age-related memory impairment, along with cinnamon, olive oil and curry.

Extra virgin olive oil contains a substance called oleocanthal that helps boost the production of key proteins and enzymes that help break down the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is a heart-healthy oil that is free of cholesterol and trans-fats, and boosts ketones. Coconut oil has been shown to improve the body’s use of insulin, increase HDL (good cholesterol), boost thyroid function and acting as an antioxidant and natural antibiotic.

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Desilets AR, et al. Role of huperzine a in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Ann Pharmacother. 2009 Mar;43(3):514-8.

Gu Y, et al. Food combination and Alzheimer disease risk: a protective diet. Arch Neurol. 2010 Jun;67(6):699-706.

Lourida I, et al. Mediterranean diet, cognitive function, and dementia: a systematic review. Epidemiology. 2013 Jul;24(4):479-89.

Mandel SA, et al. Understanding the Broad-Spectrum Neuroprotective Action Profile of Green Tea Polyphenols in Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases. J Alzheimers Dis. 2011;25(2):187-208.

Mangialasche F, et al. High plasma levels of vitamin E forms and reduced Alzheimer’s disease risk in advanced age. J Alzheimers Dis. 2010;20(4):1029-37.

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Please leave your thoughts and comments

  • Nancy

    Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage), not Coniferous. Conifers are pine trees. Otherwise, this page contains good info.

    • Barbara

      Do not see the word Coniferous. Just see Cruciferous.

  • heart

    I grow up on coconut oil now its everywhere my mom is 97 her memory is sharp, so is my dad.

  • Kerry Lindahl

    Wait a minute. Have researchers working in laboratories under controlled conditions actually proven that these so-called “superfoods” somehow fight Alzheimer’s Disease? I don’t think so. If you think orherwise, then please, by all means, cite just some of the dozens or hundreds of peer-reviewed studies that prove this. Also, cite what is being measured and the numbers. Are they looking at increase in Alzheimer sufferers life spans? Or decrease in amount of amyloid plaque in the brain? Or something else? Just how effective are these “superfoods” in what is being measured? Do they make a 5% difference? 50% difference? What? Cite numbers. We need more rigorous scientific information and less “feel good” stuff and anecdotal information.

    My mother is stage 4 dementia due to Alzheimer’s Disease and is moving quickly into stage 5. It’s been difficult for me to watch her physical and mental decline over the past 2 1/2 years since the first symptoms surfaced. I am fully aware just how desperate people are who have a loved one who is suffering from this disease. People are ready to grasp at anything that “might” help their loved one suffer less or even partially recover some of the lost functioning. But, why raise people’s hopes needlessly, by throwing out in article after article, information that has little to no scientific basis? We’re all in the same boat. We all have to deal with the reality of our situation. There is NO magic bullet right now. However, with Obama’s recently announced initiative concerning this disease, we all have hope that a cure and/or prevention may someday be found.

    I’m not carping here. What I think should happen, now that this grand initiative has been announced to the American public, is for everyone to get more rigorous, more scientific when discussing this disease. Let’s start separating the wheat from the chafe right now. So, I challenge you and all other writers out there, whose job it is to cull the scientific literature on this disease and to translate this information into a form that lay people can digest, to do just that. What say ye? Are you up to this challenge?

    • lps

      You sound like a greedy pharmaceutical rep. Can’t stand the idea of natural foods healing? ? Poor baby. You may not get that bonus if you don’t sell more garbage drugs that harm the kidneys liver and brain. Studies do show these foods are helpful. ..Learn to read! !!!

    • Stilldreamer

      I could be wrong but from where I sit, it seems like this article is backed by at least six (6) cited research studies, and four more articles that are from peer-reviewed, scholarly journals that require that the articles they publish be based on…yes, research based and valid information. The author did not say this is a cure, nor did the author claim this would bring back your parent to her sans Alzheimer’s state of mind. I think the inference here may be just for more ‘good days’.

      • HP

        Don’t assume your wrong.

  • jlo

    Kerry, I agree that time is wasting as we watch our elders progress into this disease and have possible alternative treatments but little research to back up the claims.

  • There are 10 sources for the information listed above and numerous studies listed in the articles. Research them for yourself and see if they are true. Don’t just automatically discount the article.

  • Sarah

    Hi! You were mentioned in this article! Found you through them. http://www.ba-bamail.com/content_14272/Fight_Alzheimer%E2%80%99s_with_Food_Salmon_Recipe.aspx

  • Mars Hill Retirement

    Great resource, I should encourage my grandmother to eat
    more berries and leafy greens! A good resource for senior health is Mars Hill Retirement
    Community
    .

    • felix1999

      The link for Mars Hill Retirement Community is no longer working.
      Things change… I have learned allot here. The coconut oil sounds like something else to try. We already use lots of extra virgin olive oil. It makes a difference.

  • Mars Hill Retirement Community

    Salmon has so many health benefits, not to mention it is delicious. All of these foods in general are great for maintaining a healthy life.

    • Helen Jackman

      Salmon for some reason makes me feel fantastic. I wish I could afford to eat it two or three times a week.. Geez, I just found out that I am a caffeine addict.

      • Calipatti

        These recommended foods are all very healthy, esp. the salmon. Most cold water fish are good for brain health, heart health and gives you nice skin.
        Caffeine is addicting, so drink less. Every Alzheimer’s studies recommend it.
        This is a professional medical study with many reputable sources, you can check for yourself.
        Why would you ever disagree with a In-depth study, makes no sense unless you have a medical degree specializing research.
        Do you?

        Thank you for all your work, just a old woman who does read sources.

    • felix1999

      I absolutely LOVE Salmon. I don’t know if this is valid but they say fish in general is “brain food.” I do feel great after eating it and my hubby and kids like it too.

  • Joyce Wylie

    I would not recommend anyone eat Salmon. It’s high in fat (worse than beef) and carries a lot of mercury.

    • Doc

      Salmon does not have Mercury; nor does sardines; some tuna have more than others; web sites: gotmercury.com lists Mercury in fish; herring ( and mackerel also contain phosphatidylserine which the brain needs).

      • felix1999

        Salmon is great for your health. I didn’t know it could be helpful with Alzheimers.

        • Nicole Samuels

          My mom has Alzheimer’s disease and I am willing to try all of these things here to have my mother her as long as possible.

      • Ann Roth

        I love Northwest salmon but unfortunately there have been many reports showing that mercury is in salmon now (and of course, now that I finally live in Washington state, doctors are now recommending watching how much salmon and fish are eaten.) I stopped buying fish oil tabs because some have mercury, dioxins, & PCBs. I switched to plant sourced omega-3, such as flaxseed oil tabs, plus vegan omega-3 tabs with DHA & EPA. Nutrition has become a tricky balancing act.

        • Doc

          EPA and DHA which are in prescription products i.e. Lovaza are molecularly distilled and subsequently esterified and are therefore free of toxins

    • Shitstorm

      Salmon has good fats omega 3 dumbest

    • Michael Lowe

      You can eat salmon, just like you can eat mackerel or sardines but I think like with everything, moderation is the key, smaller portions too also helps. The ones to avoid are non organic farmed fish or at the very least research your supplier and make sure they don’t gorge their stock on steroids and hormones!!!

  • Doc

    I see on this website that beer is listed as a product that may induce memory loss but there is evidence that hte opposite is actualy true; beer is a rich source of uridine that is a component that helps increase neurite growth

  • Merlyndaattallah@yahoo.com

    Iam walking when I felt dizzy start to fall down I went to the doctor. And had examination they saw that I hve 450 glycerite. 400 cholesterol .and430sugar he said that allthis 3 will kill me cos so very high the doctor gave me medicine to buy but my friend told me to buy salmon head instead the medicine .then I boild with lemon union and little salt .I ate 3 head of salmon a week .then in 2 weeks my cholesterol. Diabetes. Ang glycerite low down half for my first examination. That why its help so much .I told to any body about that and to all my friends. Before itis only 1 euro per head off the salmon now 250 already

    • Madelyn

      I am amazed with ur story sister. I am 46 yes old and months ago I experienced loosing my memory, I can’t remember terms or right word or names immediately… Is this a sign or alzheimer? I’m obese. Thanks ks for your help.

  • Max Rudolph

    Coffee or the caffeine that is in coffee may not be the appropriate ” tasty treat” to fight Alzheimer’s. I question the clown who advises this. Maybe this quack is addicted to caffeine and will not give up this stuff. Try this. Give up coffee cold turkey and be prepared for the worst headache the day after. That was my experience. For the next 45 days I woke up with a mild headache almost every morning. Caffeine takes control over the Central Nervous System (CNS) and has other effects on your health. Don’t take my word for it. Just Google “caffeine addiction”, you may be surprised on what you discover. So if caffeine has this much control over your health I want nothing to do with it.

    • SarahMorrow

      Caffeine can be addictive in some cases, but that does not negate its benefits. The evidence shows that it really is protective against dementia. For those interested in the actual studies, this one is a good place to start: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20182054 . Also try googling “Caffeine and dementia” for more information.

  • Sally Brown

    The fish component should be deleted. Fish is full of saturated fat and cholesterol which not only increase the risk for alzheimer’s but also heart disease and cancer.

    • Aden

      I’m not going to make fun of you Sally Brown because I am just going to assume you’re already suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease to believe that Salmon is bad for you. If you have a caretaker have them read about how the low fat lie has made Americans the least healthiest people in the west. It’s like this low in fat and extremely high in insulin resistance causing carbohydrates mostly sugars and worst of them is fructose. Aden

      • chcobear

        troll

  • Helen Jackman

    I have eaten all of these and I still have pretty severe memory problems, of course being 82 might have some thing to do with it.

    • felix1999

      Sometimes it’s genetic. My mom has altzheimers and her mother had it too. Her mom was a pleasant person. I really loved her mom and miss her. She died a few years back. She saved my sanity and really replaced my mother.

      My mother gets very frustrated and depressed. She knows it is happening to her. I am hoping as she progresses with this awful disease she is at least pleasant. I am not close to her but get stuck with doing allot for her. Wish my brother who she favored would help…I’m just lucky I didn’t wind up pregnant from him in my teen years.

      My family is estranged from my brother. He has many issues.. Today at least you have people to go to when you up your courage…I do resent her doing NOTHING about that and she knew it was going on. Dad worked all the time and traveled allot so I just try to view mom as a older woman that needs TLC otherwise, I can’t be around her. My dad is great in helping her but he’s winding down too. He found out later about me and is extra kind to me. I really appreciate that.

  • Vickie Case

    There is a brand new product out that is a powerful nootropic. It’s brain food and helps immensely. I can send you a link if you like. I take it it’s wonderful. Vickie Case (Facebook)

    • Fabricio Fabiani

      I would like to know about this new nootropic for my father he is 89 and starting to loose his memory..thanks

  • Janet martin

    Janet martin my mum dad 2 elder brothers elder sister all had alzheimers watched programme on TV tonight on subject I try to eat healthy but I must say it’s like living with time bomb

  • Fu Dawei

    Re: Salmon. All “Atlantic” salmon are now fish farmed. The eggs are now “manufactured” ( I assume some “real” fish are involved) and genetically modified (read GMO) in Prince Edward Island, Canada, shipped south to Columbia where they are “grown” in fish farms where they are fed Gid knows what. Then they are shipped north again and sold to the unsuspecting consumer who thinks they are fresh and natural right out of the Atlantic. I love salmon but I no longer buy it unless it is Pacific salmon. You can usually tell because it will say “Pacific” on the label and cost 2 or 3 times as much as so called “fresh Atlantic salmon”.

    • S A Davis

      Good to know! Thanks! But I think we have to worry about the nuc contamination on that coast now. Guess I’ll add that to my list of no-no’s now! That list is sooooo long!

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  • Mike C

    Whether people want to agree with the facts or not, the diet can not hurt them. It might help them and any help available is greatly appreciated by the famiulies caring for dementia family members.

  • heather szwed

    hi have been recommended Souvenaid supplement ? is there any supplement recommended for memory aid

  • simon kgt

    Besides eating food that helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, not many people realised that deep breathing and slow-moving exercises like Tai Chi and Yoga are good for the brain, too. These exercises, forced you to breathe slowly and deeply, and so bring much needed oxygen to rejuvenate the brain. Most seniors lack much-needed oxygen to the brain to keep it growing new neurons so that the brain stays fit and healthy with new cellular growth throughout their lives in order not to develop dementia of some kind. After doing this form of exercise, I find myself feeling energised and alert. Somehow, my brain feels active, too. So, I think you guys should try it. Do any kind of exercises that is slow moving and breathe deeply at least for half an hour. You’ll notice the effect on your brain.

  • sjwdreamer

    My grandmother had a pot of coffee a day and tons of fruits and veggies and had one of the worse cases of the disease I ve seen.

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