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Friday, July 26, 2013

The Thinking Woman's Diet (Plus Exercise)

Prevention of cardiovascular disease, and the elimination of trans and saturated fat from our diet, has long been known to also help brain blood flow and thus promote thinking. But now we think that strategy can help prevent Alzheimer's as well. In the newest article from experts on how to eat here are other strategies known to prevent Alzheimer's as published on Medscape today.

1. Minimize saturated fats and trans fats.
2. Vegetables, legumes (beans, peas, and lentils), fruits, and whole grains should be the primary staples of the diet.
3. One ounce of nuts or seeds (one small handful) daily provides a healthful source of vitamin E.
4. A reliable source of vitamin B12, such as fortified foods or a supplement providing at least 2.4 μg per day for adults) should be part of the daily diet.
5. Choose multivitamins without iron and copper, and consume iron supplements only when directed by your physician.
6. Avoid the use of cookware, antacids, baking powder, or other products that contribute dietary aluminum.
7. Engage in aerobic exercise equivalent to 40 minutes of brisk walking 3 times per week.

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