Can Diet Protect Me from Dementia?

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There are more than 5.4 million Americans now suffering from dementia and we were just told that the government has allocated up to $300 million in an attempt to find a treatment for Alzheimer's disease, and I've written an editorial about the idea that I think this is money that's probably not well spent.

Why? Because dementia can be prevented and we know how to do that today. Risk of dementia relates dramatically to the foods that you choose to consume, diets that are high in carbohydrate are absolutely linked in significantly increased risk of dementia, actually that was published in the journal of Alzheimer's disease.

Those elderly individuals who actually consume more fat, have about a 44% reduction in risk of dementia. So the idea of preventive medicine now belongs a front and center as we talk about things like dementia and other brain disorders and you've heard me say that fats are so important for brain health and it's true but one point really requires clarification, and that is you have to be super selective in terms of the fats that you consume.

I am certainly not saying that these trans-fats, modified fats, hydrogenated fats that are so common in foods today are good for the brain because they are not, they are like coffin nails for the brain. On the other hand, wonderful natural fats like extra virgin hopefully organic Olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, grass fed beef, wild fish.

These are wonderful fats that nature the brain reduce inflammation, and give your brain the building block so it can construct a more powerful computer.