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Dame Barbara Windsor, 81, speaks about dementia

Dame Barbara Windsor has spoken publicly for the first time about dementia after suffering from the illness for four years.

In a video, the 81-year-old former EastEnders and Carry On star calls on people to run next year’s London Marathon in aid of a campaign to raise money and change attitudes towards the condition.

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The MIND Diet

This is a combination of two diets that have well-known health benefits — Mediterranean and DASH. It’s designed to prevent or slow brain decline. Early studies show that it lowers risk of Alzheimer’s by 53% in those who follow it closely and by 35% in those who follow more loosely. (The name is short for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.) Continue reading “The MIND Diet”

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10 foods that fight Dementia

The key, they say, is to eat certain quantities of all of these foods as often as possible, while limiting your intake of red meat, processed products and baked goods. Here are the foods that made the cut:

1) Raw leafy greens
Darker greens, such as spinach, kale and romaine, have more brain-boosting antioxidants and vitamin K. Try to eat one cup daily.

2) Cruciferous vegetables
Broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts are high in vitamin K and glucosinolates, which have an antioxidant effect. Include at least three 1/2 cup servings in your diet a week.

3) Blueberries
All berries have a positive effect on brain health, but blueberries have been studied the most. They contain flavonoids, which activate brain pathways associated with less cellular aging. Try to consume 1/2 cup of any berries three times a week.

4) Beans
It’s unknown exactly what makes beans, lentils and chickpeas good for brain health, but it’s likely due to a combination of antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Include 1/2 cup in your diet as a replacement for red meat at least twice a week.

5) Nuts
Unsalted nuts are high in antioxidants and healthy fats. Walnuts are particularly high in omega-3 fatty acid, a brain-protective nutrient. Aim for 1/4 cup of nuts, or two tablespoons of nut butter, daily.

6) Fish
The iodine and iron in all types of fish are thought to help maintain cognitive function. Fattier fish, like salmon and trout, also contain brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Choose them at least once a week.

7) Whole grains
Choose fibre-rich whole grains like oats, brown rice and whole-grain wheat to offset your intake of refined grains.

8) Poultry
Substitute chicken for red or processed meat as often as you can (but only one serving a day).

9) Low-fat dairy
Opt for 1% or skim milk and yogurt, or cheese with 22% milk fat or less.

10) Olive oil
Use this as your main oil for cooking and in salad dressing. ​It contains monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, as well as antioxidants. Continue reading “10 foods that fight Dementia”