The brain needs a lot of fuel to run, and mostly, it runs on the sugar molecule called glucose. However, the brain in people with Alzheimer’s disease can’t use glucose as efficiently — but it can use ketones, which are molecules formed when dietary fat breaks down.
Over the past 10 years, scientists have identified that a Mediterranean Diet and taking regular exercise improve brain function and are associated with a lower risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease. However, more evidence is needed from human studies conducted in UK adults.
Omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, are important for your brain and retinas. Pregnant women must consume food sources of omega-3 fatty acids in order to get sufficient DHA. It is an important nutrient for the health and intelligence of the baby.
New guidelines for preventing dementia focus on keeping the whole body healthy as a way to prevent mental decline
There’s no effective treatment for dementia, which affects 50 million people worldwide, but the World Health Organization says there’s much can be done to delay or slow the onset and progression of the disease.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”