A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology has shown that seniors who include more of certain essential nutrients in their diets were less likely to have brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease. They were also more likely to score better on mental performance tests.
What are those essential nutrients? They include omega-3 fatty acids, B and D vitamins, and antioxidants C and E. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are found in fish and some plant and nut oils. Vitamins B, C, and E are primarily found in fruits and vegetables. The essential nutrient B12 comes from animal products and fortified breakfast cereals.
Talk with your doctor about including more of these nutrients in your diet. You can get a blood test to check the levels of these chemicals in your body. To increase your intake, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish. Before supplementing, speak to your doctor about safely increasing your intake of these nutrients.
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