8 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Keep your brain healthy and sharp with these science-backed strategies.

ByABC News
June 26, 2013, 3:54 PM
Here are some tips on how to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Here are some tips on how to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
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June 29, 2013— -- intro: It's never too late to make smart lifestyle changes that will protect your health in years to come. Boost brainpower and keep your mind fit for a lifetime with research-backed tips from the book, The Anti-Alzheimer's Prescription.

quicklist: 1category: How to Prevent Alzheimer's Diseasetitle: Eat More Fruits and Veggiesurl:text: A population-based cohort study of 1,836 older Japanese-Americans found that consumption of fruit and vegetable juices was associated with decreased incidence of Alzheimer's over seven to nine years of follow-up.

quicklist: 2category: How to Prevent Alzheimer's Diseasetitle: Reach for Berriesurl:text: Berries contain high levels of biologically active components, including a class of compounds called anthocyanosides, which fight memory impairment associated with free radicals and beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. Eat berries each day for maximum benefit. (Make the most of your berries with these 25 Delectable Detox Smoothies.)

quicklist: 3category: How to Prevent Alzheimer's Diseasetitle: Increase Omega-3 Fatty Acidsurl:text: In the Framingham study, individuals with the top quartile levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna, measured at baseline had lower rates of Alzheimer's over nine years of follow-up. These fish are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

quicklist: 4category: How to Prevent Alzheimer's Diseasetitle: Take Folic Acid Supplementsurl:text: If you don't take a supplement, eat foods high in folate. High levels of homocysteine may be associated with poor cognitive function. Some findings indicate that reducing homocysteine with folic acid may increase cognitive function. (What other supplements do you need? Check out these best supplements for women.)

quicklist: 5category: How to Prevent Alzheimer's Diseasetitle: Sip Smarterurl:text: Drink a glass of red wine or purple grape juice with your evening meal. Components in grape skins protect brain cells from the toxic effect of oxidative stress and beta amyloid.

quicklist: 6category: How to Prevent Alzheimer's Diseasetitle: Go Mediterraneanurl:text: Two studies that used dietary questionnaires to assess and quantify adherence to the diet in different populations found that patients who were most adherent to the Mediterranean style diet had a lower incidence of Alzheimer's, compared with those who did not follow this diet.

quicklist: 7category: How to Prevent Alzheimer's Diseasetitle: Control Your Blood Pressureurl:text: Hypertension appears to be associated with an increased risk of both vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Follow these 13 natural ways to get your blood pressure under control.

quicklist: 8category: How to Prevent Alzheimer's Diseasetitle: Have Strong Social Supporturl:text: Findings indicate that an active social life and strong network of friends may help prevent Alzheimer's in later life.