A staggering 5.7 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disorder known for robbing minds of their memory and family members of their loved ones. While scientists still haven’t culminated a cure, there are some foods that play a significant role in Alzheimer’s prevention.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, which is simply a group of symptoms linked to brain function impairment. Essentially, Alzheimer’s disrupts the communication between the brain’s tens of billions of neurons and the electrical and chemical signals it sends to other parts of the body.
With Alzheimer’s disease, the brain forms lumps of a protein fragment called beta-amyloid, which clump together and disrupt cell communication—causing inflammation that ultimately leads to cell death. Since AD is a progressive disease, it advances by destroying neurons associated with memory first and then moves onto the cerebral cortex (which is responsible for language, reasoning, and social behavior) and subsequently disrupts life functions, leading to death.
Despite the myriad of research surrounding how AD works and the unfortunate lack of a definitive cure, multiple scientific studies have found that certain brain-health-supporting foods and nutrients—such as the ones below—are strongly protective against the development of AD. For more advice on how to slow down your biological clock and look decades younger, pick up a copy of Strauss Zelnick’s new book Becoming Ageless: The Four Secrets to Looking and Feeling Younger Than Ever. It’s filled with delicious recipes, workout programs, and healthy lifestyle tips designed to help you feel fitter, sharper, and happier as you age.