Dementia occurs when two proteins, amyloid and tau, buildup into plaques and tangles that are the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. The research continues to point to this fact: for every point of higher compliance with the Mediterranean diet, you reduce the brain’s aging process by one year.
Researchers believe it’s a combination of factors that influence the diet’s success: reducing inflammation, increasing protective antioxidants, and supplying brain-healthy fats.
How can you slowly move to the Mediterranean Diet? Here are a few suggestions to incorporate brain-rich food into your meals.
Create new recipes for wild salmon and other fatty fish and add them to your diet once or twice a week. Easy!
Pick up some broccoli at the grocery store. It is one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods and only 30 calories a cup. As it stares at you from the refrigerator, you’ll gather interest in roasting it for a delicious side dish.
Throw some walnuts into your next salad. They are full of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps increase mood, and your body digests them slowly to keep you full.
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