Six Foods That Promote Healthly Aging

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By 39ForLife

One lifestyle change that can promote healthy aging is maintaining a diet that contains foods linked to improving memory and cognitive functions. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds. With this in mind, it’s important that every American takes proactive steps to help combat the onset of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.

Below are six types of foods we recommend incorporating into your diet so you can live a healthier, more balanced life.

Fish

Some evidence indicates that omega-3 fatty acids may help to protect aging brains. Fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and can serve as a light and healthy protein for any lunch or dinner. Try adding some salmon to your menu this week—whether it’s in tacos or with a side of rice. It’s a delicious way to promote healthy aging.    

Vegetables

Veggies are an important part of any healthy diet, but there are a few specific ones you should add to your cart. Leafy greens, beets, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, and lentils are just a few examples of the varieties of vegetables recommended by Healthline and other health experts. The B vitamins found in these vegetables can help lower homocysteine, an amino acid that, if found in excess, is correlated with Alzheimer’s development.

Berries

Although the scientific community is still exploring the benefits of antioxidants, some studies indicate that antioxidants may help alleviate the damage caused by free radicals. In an aging brain, the buildup of free radical molecules can be linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s. Including berries high in antioxidants like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries with your meals can help make them both more nutritious and delicious.

Walnuts

Walnuts are another great source of omega-3 fatty acids and may have the potential to improve cognitive function, among other health benefits. These nuts are easy to add to your favorite trail mix or salad. 

Olive oil

Olive oil is packed with monounsaturated fatty acids that have several health benefits for people of any age. However, according to Alzheimer’s.net, extra virgin olive oil has specific proteins and enzymes that may destroy plaque linked to dementia. Try using it a little more often in your cooking, particularly as an alternative to butter.

Grass-fed beef

Grass-fed beef typically has higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef. So if you like to enjoy red meat on occasion, we recommend picking out grass-fed beef next time you go to the grocery store.

Sometimes it’s hard to be motivated to eat a healthy, balanced diet. However, the possibility of preventing Alzheimer’s by regularly fueling your body with the nutrients found in these foods should help you feel more determined.