If you are looking forward to your golden years and enjoying your retirement to the fullest, then you need to keep in mind that there is a disease out there that can make that all go away. It’s called Alzheimer’s disease, and it has the capability to rob you of your identity, your memories and could cause your ultimate demise. So what can you do to help prevent this devastating disease? Doing these simple things could be a great start.
We’re not talking about brain games or you continuing your word puzzles that you’ve been doing for years. We mean actual brain stimulation by learning a new language, continuing to see and interact with friends and taking on new challenging hobbies or activities. Keeping your mind active is a sure-fire way of preventing Alzheimer’s.
Although there are no studies that have proven that fish oil prevents Alzheimer’s disease, there have been some indications that it could slow its progression. This is a win until an actual cure is developed. Of course, you need to consult your doctor before you add any new supplements to your diet.
An Aspirin Regimen
Not only has aspirin proven to better your heart health but has started to show its ability to improve cognitive function. In a new study of women over the age of 70, findings were showing an increase in their cognitive function as compared to the participants taking a placebo. The ongoing study, called ASCEND, hopes that their 15,000 volunteers will confirm their aspirin findings soon. Once again, consult with your person doctor before starting an aspirin regimen.
The University of Reading has shown that test rodents had an improvement in their spatial memory after consuming champagne. This also showed signs of preventing cognitive decline in the rodents’ brains. Researchers have begun to credit both the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes for altering the brain proteins that make up memory storage. Although animal studies can’t be definitively compared to humans, the only way to be sure is just to drink at least a glass or two a week and see what happens in the long run. This is one of those studies that is still in a very early trial, and if alcohol consumption being added to your diet should definitely be run by your doctor before you move forward with it.
Eat more fruit, increase your omega-3, take folic acid, and keeping your brain active are all great steps towards trying to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.