By Jenifer Goodwin
New research has uncovered that your diet can significantly cut your risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers asked more than 2,100 New York City residents aged 65 and older about their dietary habits. Over the course of about four years, 253 developed Alzheimer’s disease. The participants whose diet included mainly nuts, fish, poultry, vegetables and as little red meat as possible had a 38% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This study conducted by Dr. Nikolaos Scarmeas, Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York was published on April 12th, 2010.
The diet that seemed to be beneficial in this study is similar to the well known Mediterranean diet. The differences between the two are that the Mediterranean Diet includes 9 food groups, where as the diet used in the study include 30 food groups.
The foods in these 30 groups are those that impact a list of seven fatty acids and nutrients, which previous research has associated with Alzheimer’s disease risk. The nutrient combination included: saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin B12 and folate.