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What You Eat Influences Your Risk Factor for Alzheimer's
Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 2:30 PM
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(Source: CBSNews) - (CBS News) You may be able to lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease, if you incorporate some special foods into your diet, according to a new book. "Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective Three Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory.

"There's nothing more frightening than losing your memory and your connections. Most people have thought, well, it's just part of aging and I'm going to spend the last five or 10 years of my life not knowing anybody," said Dr. Neal Barnard. He advises that there are many foods to avoid, including avoiding trans-fats and saturated fats. These fats are not only bad for your heart, but can increase your chance for Alzheimer's 300 to 500 percent for those who eat the most.

However, there are also many foods that actually help ward off the disease. Barnard suggests eating large amounts of dark berries and leafy greens, as those foods assist in keeping your brain healthy. It's also helpful to eat almonds and other foods with high amounts of vitamin E. People who got the most vitamin E had 60 percent less risk for Alzheimer's compared to other people.

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