There is growing scientific evidence which shows support for the concept that nutrition and diet can help prevent memory loss —  as well as improve memory in elderly patients already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Certain food groups can result in memory improvement for our elderly parents, or for those with Alzheimer’s or mild cognitive impairment.  There is no “one” miracle cure, or specific food, which will ever provide a cure-all.  But when a senior follows a consistent nutritional intake regimen, there is evolving evidence which shows cognitive improvement.

Some dietary recommendations worth consuming:

  • Regular use of antioxidants. One study found that people who ate a minimum of two servings of blueberries or strawberries multiple times a week over the course of their lifetime could delay the onset of memory loss or dementia by up to two and half years.  Be good to yourself, and give your body and brain certain fruit groups.
  • Fasting overnight for 12 – 14 hours. Sounds pretty simple?  Just need to eliminate any mid-late evening snacking.   According to an Alzheimer’s expert, your body produces something called ketone bodies (energy molecules released during fasting or strenuous expercise) , which support energy for the brain and also protect it by using an alternative (and safe) energy source.
  • Drink cocoa powder. Some recent studies show that very specific types of dark cocoa powder can have a brain boosting effect and improve memory scores.
  • Look more closely at a Mediterranean-style diet, which includes eating more fruits, vegetables, lean protein ( fish, chicken, turkey).   Also types of fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids like wild salmon, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna.  Additionally elders should consume low fat yogurt and cheeses, and certain types of nuts and seeds.
  • Drinking caffeinated coffee earlier in the day. There is some mysterious chemical in caffeinated coffee that is believed to actually protect brain function.