New studies suggest that some foods may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

For many years, people believed that Alzheimer’s disease was caused primarily by genetics, but new studies have shown that some lifestyle choices, including diet, can play a part in developing the disease. That’s why, in our last blog, our memory care specialists in Chapel Hill went over a couple of foods that may help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The following is a list of a few more foods that can protect your brain:

#3. Green, Leafy Vegetables.

Green, leafy vegetables, like kale, spinach and collard greens, are full of folate, vitamin B9, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. B9 and folate have been shown to reduce depression and improve cognitive function. Vitamin C has also been associated with dementia prevention. These veggies are a must in everyone’s diet, and one study has even shown that women in their 60’s who consumed more leafy vegetables did better on verbal, memory and other cognitive tests.

#4. Turmeric

If you love curry, you’re in luck, because studies have shown that the spice often found in curries can help reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. One study, conducted by researchers from UCLA, found that the spice can help to break down the plaque in the brain that is associated with Alzheimer’s. Other notable spices that may help protect the brain include cumin, sage and cinnamon.

We have just a couple more foods to go over with you, so if you would like to learn more, please stay tuned for our next blog.