We are what we eat is a concept that has been around for many hundreds of years. Now science is confirming in study after study that this is indeed largely true.
The Dementia Diet™ is a compendium of the latest evidence in food and nutrition research that suggests that it might be possible to slow down, or in some cases possibly reverse effects of Dementia and AD.
The goal of Dementia Diet™ is to assimilate and disseminate the results of this research. It should be noted that the final choice of dietary choices should always be in consultation with your loved ones' support system and your health care professionals.
A new field of medicine, often referred to as Functional Medicine, offers that inflammation is a major contributory factor in abnormal brain disorders. They assert that there is an abundance of evidence that some types of foods and environmental toxins cause brain inflammation, and that chronic brain inflammation is a major component of Alzheimer's disease, dementia etc.
Of all the ingested substances capable of inflicting damage in our body, probably the most damaging of all are sugar molecules. Fructose in particular is an extremely potent inflammatory agent that speeds up the aging process. Refined flour is also brain unhealthy.
Generally speaking, we now know that foods high in omega-6
fats (corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, soybean and sesame oils), as well as proteins, cheeses, sugar and carbohydrates are known to significantly interfere with brain function.
Conversely, healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fats improve brain function and have been shown to improve memory, IQ, and general behavior. Of equal importance is the use of certain key vitamins, supplements and anti-oxidants in achieving these goals.
The treatment of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) involves a multi-disciplinary approach, involving a multitude of therapies and modalities.
As recently reported in the New York Times "people in this country spend more than a $1 billion a year on prescription drugs marketed to treat it (AD), but for most patients the pills have only marginal effects, if any, on symptoms and do nothing to stop the underlying disease."
We believe nutrition to be a very important modality and one that is an often overlooked component of AD and dementia care. In order to create dietary and nutritional awareness we have coined the term Dementia Diet™
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