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Foods Women Should Eat To Lower Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. And seeing that new research states the risk of developing the disease is higher for women, we bring you some top tips to help boost your brain health.

Top Tips To Boost Brain Health

Whenever we try to eat healthy, we usually hear the phrases “eating for a healthy heart or a healthy guy.” While that’s all well and good (and of course, recommended), a lot of us tend to forget that the same principle applies to our brain as well, which is arguably one of the most important organs that we use daily.

As such, we need to adopt a healthy dietary pattern that would benefit our brain and make sure that it stays in prime shape even as we get older and become more susceptible to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. That’s especially important to know for women because research shows that they have a higher risk factor when it comes to developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, statistics show that women make up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s disease cases.

Because of this, greater emphasis should be placed on making sure that our brain health is kept to a maximum, and lot of this has to do with exercise and eating food that will benefit our gray matter. Here are tips to help you out:

Choose foods with antioxidant vitamins

This means that you need to eat foods high in vitamin A, C and E, all of which help protect our brains from oxidative stress and keep our neurons healthy and functioning. These vitamins can be found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Get enough polyunsaturated fatty acids

Considered as one of the healthy fats, this includes omega-3 fatty acids that help the brain’s cellular and neuronal health. The best sources of these fats are cold water fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies.

Consider phytoestrogens

For women, drop in estrogen during menopause usually means hormone replacement therapy. Thankfully, another healthier approach is to eat a diet full in phyoestrogens, which can be found in soy, sesame seed and oil, dried apricots, legumes and grains like oats and wild rice.

Pregnancy & Alzheimer's Women who gave birth to five or more children were 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease compared to women who gave birth to fewer children. Ashton Mullins/Unsplash

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