Several natural approaches can help support brain power and cut the risk of Alzheimer’s.
By leading a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy food you may be able to prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or to slow down them.
Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the biggest concerns many of us have as we get older. While you may have been told that all you can do is hope for the best and wait for a pharmaceutical cure, the truth is much more encouraging.
Promising research shows that you can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias through a combination of simple but effective lifestyle changes.
Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder typified by the loss of memory and overall brain power, is on the rise. Currently, an estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with this dreadful, debilitating disease. And, by 2050, that number is expected to surge to over 14 million.
How to naturally boost your brain power without negative side effects
Fisetin is a dietary flavonoid found in various fruits (strawberries, apples, mangoes, persimmons, kiwis, and grapes), vegetables (tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers), nuts and even wine.
Strawberries have the highest amount of food. Apples and persimmons have 5-10 times less than strawberries and other foods have even less.
Fisetin has been recognized as a nootropic (noh-e-Trop-is) or a “smart” nutrient. Nootropics are substances that may enhance and improve brain function in healthy individuals. Nootropics like fisetin are used to support mental sharpness, creativity, motivation, and cognitive function. This bioactive phytonutrient also delivers several additional benefits.
Fisetin brings versatile antioxidant support that helps protect the function and structure of different types of pathways on a microscopic scale and a larger systemic scale. On a cellular level, fisetin supports essential cell signaling pathways throughout the brain and body. On a broader scope, fisetin supports the circulatory pathway and blood vessel structure in the brain and body.
Fisetin has furthermore recognized for its “calorie restriction mimetic” ability, a highly regarded anti-aging strategy. Fisetin also supports glutathione, a critical antioxidant enzyme system throughout the brain and body that also helps with detoxification.
Preliminary studies reveal the following possible benefits of this powerful little phytochemical:
- Improved connection and signaling between brain cells (especially in the hippocampus, which is associated with memory)
- Enhanced memory
- Lower brain inflammation levels
- Lower levels of phosphorylated tau and aggregated beta-amyloid, or the so-called “tangles and plaques” found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s
But wait, there’s more! Some studies also indicate that fisetin may inhibit cancer cell growth, extend lifespan, and decrease cell death.
Does Alzheimer’s run in your family?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s. Amazingly, someone in this country develops the disease every 65 seconds. But, to be honest, don’t wait for any of these large (non-profit) organizations to help you with good nutritional advice. (they just don’t have the education to do it.)
Sadly, with the aging population and the many environmental and lifestyle factors contributing to chronic disease – including poor sleep, poor diet, smoking, and toxic heavy metal exposure – it seems that Alzheimer’s disease is a health problem that will impact virtually everyone at some point in their life. And, if not personally, then at least with witnessing a loved one going through it.
If you’ve been concerned about boosting your brainpower and protecting your cognition as you age, you’re encouraged to take matters into your own hands. This is at the heart of disease prevention – proactively making wiser choices (now!) for the benefit of your future well-being.
Ever wondered what you can do to protect your brain as you get older? Check out these research-backed strategies that are natural, safe and effective:
- Commit to regular exercise, or around 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week
- Get good sleep – at least 7 to 8 hours per night
- Follow a healthy diet, rich in plants, good fats (including omega-3 fatty acids), and lean protein…and sip on some green tea while you’re at it (it may enhance brain power and boost memory)
- Keep your social calendar full! Enriching relationships and friendships are great for brain health, especially as you get older
- “Use it or lose it” – challenge and stimulate your brain daily by learning something new, brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand, explore new routes to work, playing puzzles, etc.
- And, last – but not least, manage your stress. Chronic stress triggers chronic inflammation – which is serious trouble for your brain
Conclusion: Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented if you lead a healthy lifestyle and add some healthy food to your diet. It also helps with other health conditions.