The foods you eat and when you eat them can help reduce your risk for cognitive disease.
New research suggests that a healthy and strategic diet can be a powerful tool when it comes to protecting your brain and preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dr. Richard Isaacson, the director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical Center and brain health researchers Max Lugavere share highlights from recent studies that illustrate potential benefits, even for individuals who have genetic risk factors for cognitive decline.
What to Eat: Fatty Fish
Omega-3 fatty acids like docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, are vital for healthy brain function and even for brain structure. Studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may also benefit those with the highest genetic risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Our bodies do not independently produce sufficient omega-3 fatty acids efficiently so the best way to get a daily dose is to eat foods high in omega-3s. These healthy fats are found in fatty fish from cold waters, such as anchovies, herring, salmon, and whitefish.
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