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4 Superfoods That Dr. Oz Recommends to Fight Off Disease & Mental Decline
Dr. Oz On Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
Dr. Oz says the 4 best foods for fighting cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease are chia seeds, Brazil nuts, coffee (3-5 cups daily is sufficient), and lentils. Dr. Oz calls these four foods superfoods and brain boosters.
Dr. Oz says that research has shown that a diet rich in a trio of combined nutrients, Antioxidants, monounsaturated fats and omega-3s, do great things for your body and nourish your brain.
Foods That Fight Disease
Chocolate: Contains flavanols, improves cognitive ability, and night vision. Must be dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa. More cocoa is better.
Blueberries and grapes: These foods contain stilbinoids that fight infection, mental decline, high cholesterol, cancer, and lowers blood glucose levels lowering your risk of diabetes.
Grapefruit: Contains flavonoids that fight colon cancer. Eat a half grapefruit 2 or 3 times a week to lower your risk of developing colon cancer.
Leafy vegetables contain folate, and vitamins B12 and B6, along with other compounds needed to retain memory.
Artichokes, cranberries, russet potatoes, and pecans: These foods are among the highest ranking foods for fighting cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Have at least one serving of one of these foods at every meal, or snack.
Tomatoes: Contain lycopenes that lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. A study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital showed that middle-aged women cut that risk by 30 percent by eating tomatoes or tomato based products once a day.
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower: Contain sulforaphane that slows the growth of breast cancer cells and cancer in general. All these foods are helpful, but cauliflower is rated the highest among them.
Turmeric: This spice has been shown to improve cognitive agility considerably and is available in a pill form in case you do not want to include it in your food.
Avocado: Contains Omega-3 acids that decrease your risk of heart disease, and vitamin E that gives your immune system a boost. Also contains potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, magnesium that increases energy, and momounsaturatrd fats that lower LDL cholesterol.
Pinto beans: Packed with protein, and makes a great meat substitute when combined with whole grains like brown rice. Pinto beans contain vitamins, fiber, iron and minerals, and pinto beans lower cholesterol and help prevent blood sugar levels from rising too quickly. Digestive disorders, like the bowel syndrome and diverticulosis, can be prevented by regular intake of pinto beans. Help prevent heart disease.
Green tea and black tea: Contain flavonoids, caffeine, and theanine, all of which have been shown to prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease from developing.
Strawberries are full of vitamins and phytochemicals that help slow cognitive decline.
Coffee: Believed to improve of one's cognitive ability and helps fend of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Bottom Line
While consuming all of the healthful delicious foods on this list will improve your diet and give your body the nutrition it needs, including disease fighting nutrients, you still need to watch your sodium and sugar intake and not overdo the calories.
Do not forget to exercise. As I pointed out in a recent hub, exercise is the closest thing known to being the Fountain of Youth, even reversing the signs of age in some cases.
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