Q:Are there any new things we can do
to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's? It runs in my family and my Dad is in stage 4 now.
A: There are quite a few things that can help
you improve your memory and possibly even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s
disease. Studies have shown that a substance called Huperzine A may help improve memory and thinking skills. Huperzine A comes from a Chinese moss and can improve function of
the neurotransmitters in your brain that are essential for memory and cognitive function. Speak with your
doctor first to make sure that it doesn’t interfere with other medications that you or your father may be
What you eat can also influence your memory. Consume walnuts, fatty fish like salmon, and flaxseeds: they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for brain health. Another option is to try an omega 3 supplement. A diet rich in vegetables, fresh fruit, and whole grains will help you get the necessary nutrients for your brain to function at its best. Limit added sugars, fried foods, sugary beverages, and processed foods. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants that benefit brain health. As you learned in the previous answer, social
activity will also boost your brain health, as well as regularly engaging your mind in a variety of brain
activities. Excellent choices include: working on crossword puzzles, reading, or learning something new
to you. This will ensure a younger brain and may prevent memory decline.
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