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Living Well in Yalobusha County

 I’m glad to be back after being out for a week with a bit of a scare.  Last Saturday, my daughter Abby and I had planned on going to the Watermelon Carnival then on to Southaven to do some school shopping. 

 However, plans quickly changed.  I had been battling what I thought was bronchitis for a while. After a week of antibiotics, steroids and breathing treatments, I wasn’t any better.  

I ended up Saturday morning at the emergency room, where I found out I did not have bronchitis or pneumonia but instead a massive blood clot in both of my lungs –  a very scary situation, indeed!  I have since had a procedure to help break up the clot and am recovering nicely.  I appreciate all of the prayers and ask that you continue to remember me as my body continues to heal.

Diet and Dementia: A nutrient- dense diet may help  you lower your risk:


Vitamin A and  Beta-Carotene 

Great sources: cantaloupe, carrots, collard greens, spinach, mango, and sweet potatoes.


Vitamin C 

Great sources: bell peppers, broccoli, collard greens, grapefruit, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, spinach, and strawberries.


Vitamin E 

Great sources: spinach, broccoli, vegetable oils (like wheat germ, sunflower, and safflower oils), almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds.


Selenium

Great sources: Brazil nuts, tuna, herring, turkey, chicken, cottage cheese, spinach, and whole grains.


Polyphenols

Great sources: grapes, apples, pears, cherries, and berries


Nutrients to Lower Homocysteine Levels:


Folate

Great sources: asparagus, Brussels sprouts, spinach, mustard greens, oranges, peanuts, blackeyed peas and kidney beans, and whole grains.


Vitamin B6

Great sources: chickpeas, tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey, potatoes, and bananas


Vitamin B12

Great sources: seafood, poultry, meat, eggs, and milk.

According to a 2016 report in the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 66 seconds. While research on the exact causes of Alzheimer’s and how to prevent this disease is inconclusive, epidemiological studies show that regular physical activity and a healthy diet may help support brain health. These are the same lifestyle changes that also decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes, which reinforces the belief that an overall healthy lifestyle has a major impact on chronic disease. 

Oxidative stress can lead to cellular damage throughout the body, including possibly increasing the development of amyloid plaques that are found in the brain in people with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Important antioxidants that help reverse this damage include vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene, selenium, and polyphenols. B vitamins including folic acid, B6, and B12 have been shown to limit oxidative stress and also lower homocysteine levels which have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Use the chart above to find the foods rich in these nutrients to reduce your risk today!

(Article Source: Communicating Food for Health Newsletter, May 2018)


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