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
- Fresh vegetables
- Seafood – especially cold water species that are high in omega-3 oils
Recipes for Alzheimer’s
- carrot, turmeric, and ginger soup with cumin roasted chickpeas
- turmeric smoothie
- north african meatballs
- 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
- Sensory Stimulation – especially involving music and art