‘Purple foods’ could help to boost memory
- February 17, 2017
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Dementia
A trained dietician has suggested that ‘purple foods’ such as blueberries and red cabbage, turmeric and even coffee could help to boost memory.
Chef Jane Clarke helped a family to create a special diet for their mother who had dementia, in the hope of slowing the progression of the condition, and found certain foods to be beneficial.
Clarke suggests a varied diet full of nutrient-rich wholegrains, fruits and vegetables that are associated with reducing the occurrence of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cancer and stroke — all of which are linked to increased dementia risk.
Omega-3 fatty acids may slow down the progression of dementia once it is already present, which is why nutritionists recommend consuming oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines, twice a week.
Folic acid and vitamin B12, found in green leafy vegetables, have been shown to reduce brain shrinkage in people with early memory problems, but their potential to reduce dementia symptoms is still being investigated.
The research supports recent trials that found a link between eating a Mediterranean diet and maintaining memory and thinking skills.