Recipes for Alzheimer’s

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We have long advocated that certain foods can improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia causing diseases. Face it, eating is enjoyable. But there are foods that are thought to actually improve brain health. One of the most promising is coconut oil. Turmeric is also getting a lot of attention, not only as an anti inflammatory agent, but for its ability to pass through the blood-brain barrier and deliver nutrients directly to the brain. It may be that a cure for dementia may eventually be found in our food. So we thought we should share some of our favorite recipes for Alzheimer’s.

This is a new post, and as of this writing we don’t have a lot of recipes in the list below. It will grow. We have a lot more, but we like to test them before posting. What favorite recipes do you have that contain dementia fighting ingredients? Please share them with us and our readers. Post in the comments section below, and we’ll get them listed here, along with your name. Please include a credit (author, book, website, etc.) if that applies

Guidelines for creating recipes for Alzheimer’s

We have a few suggestions and recommendations before getting to the recipes. Use organic and fresh ingredients whenever possible. If nothing else, organic food is less likely to contain the chemical pesticides and preservatives that or common on “traditionally grown” foods. Stay away from prepared foods that contain artificial sweeteners (aspartame in particular), artificial colors, MSG (and hydrolyzed vegetable protein), and any other artificial ingredient. Many, if not all of the substances named in this paragraph are suspected of causing damage to brain cells and contributing to dementia.

The featured image of this post is an Italian restaurant. The reason for this is that traditional Mediterranean food has long been thought to fight dementia. There is clinical evidence that the Mediterranean Diet really does protect the brain.

Foods that have clinical and/or anecdotal support as dementia fighters, or are otherwise potential dementia fighters.

  • Coconut oil
  • Certain spices and herbs
    • turmeric
    • ginger
    • cinnamon
    • clove
    • coriander/cilantro
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Seafood – especially cold water species that are high in omega-3 oils

Recipes for Alzheimer’s

  1. carrot, turmeric, and ginger soup with cumin roasted chickpeas
  2. turmeric smoothie
  3. north african meatballs
  4. Maple and Mustard-Glazed Salmon with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Diet is not our only tool in the fight against dementia. Others include:

  • Physical activity
  • Mental activity and cognitive stimulation
  • Socialization
  • Sensory Stimulation – especially involving music and art
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Degrees in psychology and education as well as professional certifications in business administration and website development gave John the ideal credentials to co-found and develop an internet presence dedicated to helping caregivers provide exceptional care to those who are no longer able to care for themselves because of the impact of dementia. Since 2007, Best Alzheimer's Products has earned national and international recognition as a place to go for help and advice, with the goal of making life better for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

11 Comments

  1. Any food/recipe ideas for a 90 year old woman with dementia who has always eaten small portions but now eats a bite or 2 and reports she’s full and couldn’t possibly eat another bite? Usually if chocolate or Ice cream is then presented she’ll eat that. Pushing or encouraging may gain another bite or 2, but she is then usually angry regardless of the approach used. We’re using protein powder in everything we can think of (as the doctor has told us she needs protein) which helps, but we feel like we’re fighting a losing battle. We’ve tried red plates, music, changing location, not changing location, tv on, tv off, high contrast, extra light, visiting while eating, not visiting while eating, modeling, old favorites, foods that require minimal chewing as well as regular textures… She will drink Boost, but she doesn’t tolerate it well so we can’t get buy with more than 1 a day.

    • I am having the same problem with my client she is full after a few bites and won’t eat any more. I have started feeding her and she ate more. We thought her teeth were the problem. We sent her to the dentist andthey relined them now she says they still don’t fit i am responsible for getting her to eat. My jib smdepends on it. The poor thing has dementia. I am hoping to find something that works soon. Sugar added tonfood are usually liked because they still taste thatnflavor the best.

  2. This is a peruvian recipe that I make for my husband. It has tumeric in it which you mention that helps alzheimer’s.

    Time to prepare: 40 minutes

    Easy

    Servings: 4

    Ingredients

    1/2 kilo (1 lb) of chicken breast (no bone, no skin), cut into squares
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    2 medium red onions, finely chopped
    1/2 tablespoon of ground garlic (can use garlic paste)
    2 fresh peruvian hot peppers (remove seeds and veins). Or you can get at spanish market in paste known as “Aji Amarillo”. Add to your taste.
    1 teaspoon of turmeric (curcumin)
    1/2 cup of chicken broth
    2 cups of potatoes (cut into squares, size of chicken)
    1/4 cup green peas
    1/8 cup carrots (cut into squares the size of peas)
    1 teaspoon of lime juice
    2 tablespoons of chopped mint or spearmint
    Salt (to taste)
    Pepper (to taste)
    Pinch of cumin

    How to Prepare

    The first thing to do is heat the vegetable oil in a medium pot, add the onion and stir fry on medium heat until transparent.

    Add the garlic, ground hot pepper, and the turmeric. Mix and cook one more minute.

    Season with salt, pepper, and cumin to your taste and add the chicken broth, chicken, potatoes, peas, carrots, and 1 tablespoon of chopped mint.

    Bring to a boil on medium heat until the chicken and the potatoes are cooked.

    Finally add mint and the lime juice and mix. Taste for seasoning should you need to add more salt and/or pepper.

    Serve with white, jasmine or basmati rice.

    • Wow, thank you Norma. I will make this. And I will report. This recipe also contains a lot of different vegetables, another plus. One suggestion would be to use olive oil; the oil labeled “Vegetable oil” is usually a combination of cheaper and often unhealthy oils.

  3. I would like to make a ginger cake for my client that has Alzheimer’s. I know sugar is bad for her. Do you have any ideas.

    • Hi Carol,

      I know, right?

      Do you have any you would like to share? I’ll put this message out and hopefully we can get some recipe ideas from others. And I’ll look for more and get them published.

      Stay tuned,

      John

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