If your senior loved one has dementia, there are many nutrient-rich foods that can help improve brain function and reduce symptoms. Here a few foods to consider adding to his or her diet, suggested by Naples Home Care Assistance.
Green beans are low in sugar, high in protein, and rich in choline, a B-complex vitamin that increases levels of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is important to healthy brain function. Green beans also contain high amounts of the mineral silicon, which is effective in helping the body eliminate aluminum, a heavy metal that reduces brain function.
Antioxidants improve blood flow, and healthy blood flow is essential for proper brain function. One cup of raw strawberries is packed with 84 milligrams of vitamin C, more than an orange. Not only is vitamin C one of the most powerful antioxidants, it has also been found to reduce the accumulation of brain plaques, an amino acid defect linked to dementia.
A deficiency of B-complex vitamins decreases brain function while it increases brain shrinkage. One cup of cooked garbanzo beans provides 55 percent of the daily-recommended amount of vitamin B6. Garbanzo beans also contain selenium, a mineral that helps detoxify the body of mercury, a heavy metal linked to dementia.
One cup of this tropical wonder fruit contains 79 milligrams of vitamin C, almost as much as a cup of strawberries. Pineapples are also rich in bromelain, an enzyme that aids with the digestion of all other nutrients. Bromelain is also a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a natural immune response, but excessive brain inflammation is thought to be one of the leading causes of dementia symptoms, as it kills off not only sick brain cells, but the surrounding healthy brain cells as well.
These are just a few of the healthy foods your senior loved one can eat to help reduce his or her dementia symptoms. Some seniors with dementia may need additional assistance preparing meals and grocery shopping to ensure that all dietary needs are met, a service that we at Home Care Assistance are happy to provide. For more information on dementia care Naples families trust, please give us a call at (239) 449-4701 to speak with one of our helpful Care Managers.