In recent years we have seen a significant increase in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and dementias. However, many times we wonder how there are still people in their 80s who have a golden memory and who clearly remember all the memories, as well as all the events of the day with impressive clarity...
However, the increase in these cognitive (memory) conditions among young people and adults under 40 years of age compared to this past generation is alarming. The fundamental key to this question is nutrition and lifestyles, which are ultimately closely related not only to the cognitive system, but also to the emotional and psychiatric system.
If we remember the time of our grandparents when preparing dinner, there was always a preference for fresh and seasonal foods. This helped maintain optimal health and general well-being, as well as a good memory and balanced moods.
But today the difference is basically based on mostly processed, packaged or frozen foods that maintain great preservatives and synthetic ingredients that alter the composition of the food to a genetic level. This consequently brings an alteration in human metabolism, completely changing the configuration of our health.
Diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are the result of a series of slow-timed changes of substances that are not recognized, but you only have to integrate them to survive. All these changes bring about neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s that increasingly occurs in people at an early age.
However, there are still fresh foods that we can use to positively influence our memory and intellectual abilities. Foods such as fish, sardines, and salmon help improve brain performance due to their high content of Omega-3 fatty acids.
These acids are important in the production of brain neurons that are directly related to memory and memories. Nuts, especially walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, protect the brain and help preserve memory due to their high content of vitamin E. This significantly helps slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and improves neuronal activity.
The use of extra virgin olive oil improves verbal memory and the ability to remember words or verbal situations. Vegetables, eggs, and fresh fruits help with vitamins and minerals that strengthen nerve connection and cognitive performance, as well as protect memory.
So when you remember that it is time for dinner, opt for foods that enhance that memory and keep both short-term and long-term memories. The increase in physical activity should not be forgotten, as well as rest and hydration, which are also essential for the maintenance of brain capacities and the function of focus and moods.
If you want to know what foods can help to change your state of health naturally based on a personalized and clinical nutrition, call us at the first Fitmed health and nutrition program. A health transformation program that helps you improve your chronic conditions based on lifestyle and nutrition changes.
Adamar Gonzalez MD
Dr. in General Medicine
Creator of the Transformation Program
in Health and Nutrition from FitMeD