EATING a healthy diet can protect the organs in the body from but it can also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Rob Hobson, Nutritionist and head of nutrition at Healthspan has looked at the six foods which play a key role in brain health.
“Your brain has to work hard 24 hours each day, even while you are asleep it takes care of your breathing, thoughts, movements and senses,” he said.
“High quality foods contain a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help nourish the brain and protect it from the damage caused by free radicals that are produced when the body uses oxygen.
“A diet that is rich in poor quality foods such as those high in sugar and other refined foods can be harmful to the brain.”
Rob said refined sugar can affect the regulation of insulin in the body and cause inflammation, while a diet high in bad fats may speed up the formation of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, which are blamed for much of the damage that occurs in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
“An unhealthy diet can also increase the risk of poor heart health and blood vessel damage,” he added.
Research has shown that consuming blueberries may be effective at improving or delaying short-term memory loss by way of their active plant compounds called anthocyanins.
These compounds are responsible for the dark red and purple colours of fruits and vegetables.
“Look for other fruits and vegetables such as berries, aubergines and beetroots for a good supply of these phytonutrients,” said Rob.