Ways to boost your brain power and prevent dementia

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Every seven seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with dementia, a statistic that strikes fear in all of us as we age. No one wants to lose their ability to reason, think and remember people and places. If the trend continues, experts are estimating that the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, will quadruple by 2050.

Although genes seem to influence risk for Alzheimer’s disease, there appears to be relatively few cases linking heredity with dementia. In addition, the latest research indicates senility is not an inevitable part of aging. There is a lot you can do to protect your brain, says Lynda Johnson, nutrition & health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

According to Johnson, mounting evidence suggests you maintain your brain in many of the same ways you protect your heart. For example, diets high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains are heart healthy, and also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants to prevent brain cell damage…

People often associate the expression “move it or lose it” with stronger muscles, however, this concept applies to your brain as well…

There are many other ways to protect your brain and improve your overall health. For more information, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut238.htm

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