Certain nutrients can play a big role in reducing the risk of developing dementia and slowing down Alzheimer’s disease. Examples of nutrients that have been linked to preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s are Omega-3s, Vitamin D, zinc, and others. It becomes more complicated than just taking supplements here and there to decrease the risks of dementia. We explain further how to consume these vitamins and minerals for the best results.
It’s been shown that changing what you eat may have an impact on reducing dementia symptoms and improving mental clarity. People may have reactions to certain foods and avoiding these foods have led people to having increased mental abilities. Another beneficial factor is taking medications correctly, rather than sporadically or not following the instructions on the medication label. When a routine becomes stabilized they start to experience the positive benefits of medications.
One of the most important factors is staying hydrated. Hydrating correctly can positively affect the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Dehydration can cause confusion, fatigue, and other problems. Overall, staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet can increase mental alertness because it increases the availability of vitamins and minerals to the brain.
Vitamins and Minerals
Certain basic nutrients have been found to reduce the risk of dementia. There is a direct link between a healthy diet and a healthy brain. The following nutrients for prevention are listed below:
It has been shown that low levels of vitamin D correlates with Alzheimer’s, while a higher intake of it lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
Treatments of vitamin C have been shown to dissolve amyloid plaques, the same type of paque that people with Alzheimer’s have.
Reports show that low vitamin B12 can be a risk for cognitive impairment. Higher levels of B12 in the body lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Elderly with higher plasma levels of vitamin E had a lower risk of Alzheimer’s.
People that consume higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets have lower levels of beta-amyloid in their body, which is associated with Alzheimer’s.
Beware of Supplements
Something most people don’t know is that vitamins can be toxic at high levels. This is especially the case for fat soluble vitamins, such as A,D,E,and K. They can be stored in the adipose tissue, building up overtime and causing toxicity. This happens often with people taking high levels of Vitamin C. This can cause cognitive impairment and digestive issues. When taking vitamins the liver and kidneys have to work to metabolize them, so taking too much of these vitamins will cause the organs to work harder than usual. Doing this for long periods of time is extremely damaging to the organs.
Eat Well, Be Well
The best source of vitamins come from food. Eating a well-balanced diet will offer all the needed vitamins and minerals. Vitamins are best absorbed when they are consumed in food. Supplements may be needed if certain food intolerance cause an unbalanced diet. Although, taking supplements should always be discussed with a doctor.
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We understand the importance of home cooked meals and nutrition for seniors and this attitude is reflected in our dining experience. If you or a loved one live near Dallas, Texas and need assisted living, contact Entrust of DeSoto today to learn about our 24-hour care and find out how we can help.