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Are there foods I can eat to help prevent Alzheimer's?

Researchers have long explored whether diet may preserve cognitive function or reduce the risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Studies show that specific foods that are rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can affect age-related changes in the brain.

Curcumin, the main ingredient of turmeric, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of healthy omega-3 fatty acid found in fish, both reduce beta amyloid and plaques found in the brain. Mounting research evidence has noted the positive effect of the Mediterranean diet to cognitive function. The Mediterranean diet, with fruits, vegetables, small amounts of dairy, fish and poultry and red meat, has been shown to reduce the risk of AD.

Most recently, the MIND diet, a diet that combines two popular diets -- the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet -- has been shown to delay the risk of developing dementia. What makes the MIND diet so special? It specifically includes foods and nutrients that research shows to be good for the brain, such as berries. Clinical trials are underway to confirm these findings and explore the relationships of various specific dietary components and their effects on cognitive decline and AD.

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