Monday, January 09, 2006

Eat Well To Maintain Your Brain

Here are three simple ways that improving your diet today may protect your brain later in life.
1). Hormone therapy-Broccoli and berries are packed with plant hormones that may help prevent Alzheimer's disease. Dutch researchers found that women who ate 3 ounces of berries or 7 ounces of broccoli had 49 percent better memory scores of the 394 women in the study. Other healthy vegetables thought to fight the brain plaques and tangles of Alzheimer's include rutabagas, turnips, parsnips, carrots, and beets.
2). Have healthy drink limits-Research at the University of Wisconsin found that among 500 people with family risk factors for Alzheimer's, those who averaged one or two drinks per week scored 6 percent higher at word-list recall than those who abstained or drank less often than once a week. They suggest that healthy daily drink limits are two for men, and one for women.
3). Calorie control-Researchers at the University of Washington say excess weight may raise Alzheimer's risk by creating insulin resistance. They induced the condition in 16 people and saw 50 percent rise in levels of brain and spinal cord inflammatory chemicals and betaamyloid protein-both are suspected building blocks of Alzheimer's.

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