Alzheimer’s scares me a lot because I would never want to miss out on wonderful memories as I grow older. When I was a kid, I often hear the phrases, “eat this vegetable because this helps you maintain a good eyesight”or “eat this fruit because it’s good for the skin,”and others. We all grew up with parents having to feed our thoughts with these words to make us take on fruits and veggies when we were younger, but how important diet really is to our health?
If we have foods for the heart, we should also acknowledge the presence of foods for the brain. Every system in our body needs to be fed with the essential nutrients and balanced flow to be able to work perfectly. People tend to concentrate on the bad foods that might increase the risk for heart diseases, but what about the entire cardiovascular system? Our heart and our brain may be located at different areas in our body, but if either one fails to function well, the whole body would also suffer.
For the past two decades, researchers have been trying to find the correlation between food and health in humans. What are the possible effects of food to our health, the pros and cons of each person’s diet and lifestyle, if there are foods that can increase the risk for some medical conditions. Well, the most recent study focused on food’s effect on a person’s brain activity, bringing up Alzheimer’s into the limelight. It seems that a person’s diet can cause inconsistency in some research studies. Because of the current development in food, it is difficult to pin point a single correlation between the food and the mind. But amidst the controversies surrounding this theory, one thing remains clear, that definitely food has something to do with health.
Mediterranean diet, unlike other diet guides arising in the market today, is a diet meal consisting of the foods that are abundant in Mediterranean region. It encourages you to live a great and healthier lifestyle by eating the right foods, engaging in healthy activities, and being an advocate of health to the people that surrounds you. Well, this is most likely the vision that makes up this certain diet. Foods related to the Mediterranean diet includes having fish at least once a week, controlled intake of poultry products like chicken and cultured dairy such as cheese and yogurt, red meats, adding more vegetables and fruits onto your daily meals, and incorporating a controlled amount of wine onto your diet.
According to a research study done in 2010, individuals who eat fish, poultry, certain fruits, dark and green leafy vegetables, nuts, controlled dairy products, butter, and red meats had lower risks of having Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin E, that is generally found in vegetables and vegetable oils is good antioxidants that protects our brain cells and reduce the risk for memory loss and Alzheimer’s. On the other hand, omega-3 fatty acids that come from fish are good memory boosters. This plays a huge factor in reducing the risk for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, arthritis, also for the brain. It seems that the omega-3 fatty acids share commonalities with the gray matters of the brain, aiding in transmitting signals to the brain and plays a vital role in behavioral and cognitive function of a person.
Although the study is still young and is yet to discover more elements that could prevent Alzheimer’s, it still proved that foods do have certain effects on our health. We owe our abilities to our bodies, thus, we need to take care of it so we could function well, and do our tasks properly. Control is always the key to success. While diet is good, it is better to have a healthier lifestyle to live a better life.