If you are like many other adults over the age of 50, changes in memory can start a chain of worry and fretting about developing dementia. The dreaded dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The definition of dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Like other diseases, it makes no sense to wait for a disease before beginning to make changes.
Right now is the time to take steps to ensure continued good brain function. Once the process of brain decline begins it is difficult to turn it around. So what can you do? There is a lot of information on how to keep the brain active, but nutritionally there is so much more can be done for memory improvement.
Here is a good place to start:
Vitamin B12 and folic acid are important nutrients in the B vitamin family that often decline as we age. How we get these nutrients is important, but more importantly is how well we absorb them.
Vitamin B12 also needs help from the stomach lining in order to get into our system, and that may be where the problem lies. The older we get our ability to assimilate nutrients lessens. One of Vitamin B12’s functions is to nourish the nervous system.
It is advisable to take B12 in a sublingual form – dissolving it under the tongue gives the best results.
Dose: Start with 1 mg of B12 every day.
Food Source: meat, milk and fermented foods
Folate is needed for DNA cell repair and many other biochemical reactions in the body and brain. We would not be able to make Red Blood Cells (RBC’s) without folate. This is a commonly deficient vitamin because of low intake of fresh vegetables by many people. It is advisable to take folic acid in its more usable active form tetrahydrofolate.
Dose: Start at least 1 mg per day; too much folate can affect B12.
Food Source: green leafy vegetables.
So begin your brain support program by eating quality proteins and fresh green vegetables NOW, no matter what your age.
Research currently shows that AD is an inflammatory disease. Supporting brain cells by eating foods high in anti-oxidants is one of the best protectors of brain cells. As a general guide eat a COLORFUL DIET OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, now known as the rainbow diet. More colorful food means more anti-oxidant content.
Nicotine is a brain drain by damaging cells thereby causing inflammation; smokers have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s disease. Other toxins in our environment are also associated with dementia. Learn more about AD
For an excellent choice of quality supplements for B12 and Folate I recommend Pure Encaps Supplements.