Today's show featured Dr. Oz talking about The Ultimate Alzheimer's Diet and how you can significantly reduce your chance of getting Alzheimer's even if you have the gene that predisposes you to being at a higher risk. Just because Alzheimer's Disease may run in your family it doesn't mean that your helpless in protecting yourself. You can drastically cut your risks by simply changing your diet!
Also be sure to check out the Dr. Oz Turmeric Drink Recipe the Can Help to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
Ultimate Alzheimer's Diet – Fatty Fish
You may have heard about how fish is good for your brain health, but some types of fish are better than others. Fatty fish are higher in omega-3's like DHA which your are "health food" for yor brain. Studies have also shown that healthy omega-3 fats can reduce your risk for every getting Alzheimer's disease. So, what kinds of fish are "fatty" fish as opposed to "skinny" fish?
Dr. Oz displayed some popular fatty fish options.. These include :
"Skinny fish include : Bass, catfish, cod, grouper, mahi mahi, snapper, swordfish, tilapia, tuna.
Eating a lot of sugar isn't good for you. Fortunately there are "sweet" tasting alternatives that you can swap in. Studies have shown that a high sugar diet puts you at greater risk for Alzheimer's Disease.
Date sugar is made from, you guessed it, dehydrated dates. It also is sweeter than table sugar so you won't need to use as much of it. It also contains trace amounts of essential minerals.
Coconut Palm Sugar
Coconut palm sugar contains the same amount as table sugar but it also contains vitamins and minerals. If your going to be adding sugar to a meal, why not swap in a sugar that also has some health benefits for you.
Stevia contains ZERO calories and doesn't have the harmful side effects of artificial sweeteners. Stevia is native to South America. Some people think that Stevia has an aftertaste that they don't like. Dr. Oz recommends that you choose a stevia that is higher in steviosides because it is sweeter. You can use stevia as a healthy alternative to all situations where sugar is used.
Honey contains antioxidants, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, riboflavin, and niacin. One tbsp of honey (you should choose a "raw' honey) contains 64 calories and has approximately the same glycemic load as a banana.
Maple Syrup – Contains fewer calories than sugar.
Black Molasses is very high in iron and calcium as well as trace minerals. These are a great alternative to sugar for energy bar recipes.
The Ultimate Alzheimer's Diet – When to Eat
Dr. Oz spoke with Dr. Isaacson about when is the best time to eat. Dr. Isaacson recommends intermittent fasting between dinner and breakfast. He says that it allows your brain to rest and can also reduce your risk for Alzheimer's Disease by as much as 50%
Tea Greatly Reduces Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Is tea a part of your diet? It should be. A new Singapore study links a reduced risk of Alzheimer's by as much as 86% for people that have a genetic risk for AD. The antioxidants in black, green, white, and oolong teas help to protect the brain from neurodegeneration and vascular damage. Are you brewing yourself a cup of tea yet?
Eat Fatty Fish
Omega 3 fatty acids contain DHA and are good for healthy brain function. Research has shown that omega 3 fatty acids especially help those who are genetically disposed to Alzheimer's Disease. Fatty fish from cold waters are the best. Salmon, herring, anchovies and whitefish are great options.
Blueberries Improve Brain Function
Similarly to tea, blueberries are high in antioxidants. ONe study has shown that a diet high in blueberries can slow cognitive decline by up to 2 1/2 years. A separate study had participants add freeze-dried blueberry powder to their diet (equivalent to 1 cup of blueberries) once a day for 16 weeks. The participants in the study saw an improvement in memory as well as cognitive performance.
Sam Talbot's Honey Crunch Granola with Blueberry, Coconut and Lime
Sam Talbot was a special guest on Dr. Oz and he shared some delicous recipes that use healthier ingredients, including healthier sugar options. Here is Sam Talbot's Honey Crunch Granola Bar Recipe that was featured on today's Dr. Oz episode.
Sugar Addiction Quiz
Just as healthy fats are good for your brain and reduce your risk for Alzheimer's, sugar is one of the culprits that can increase your risk for AD. Are you a health addict? Take the Sugar Addiction Quiz
You ennjoy a delicious cupcake as an afternoon snack.. Do you feel :
- Comforted – Exactly what I needed after a stressful morning
- Completely normal – I always eat sweets at this time of day, so what's the big deal?
This is just one example question for the Dr. Oz Sugar Type Quiz
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