by Alma Causey
In our last guest post, "What to eat? Part 1", we found out about the benefits of fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas and lentils.
Read our second part to learn more.
Don't feel guilty about having more of that chocolate and coffee
The caffeine and antioxidants present in these two tasty treats are known to be amazing memory boosters, and can naturally help with dementia. A study by University of Kuopio, Finland and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, has shown that people who drink coffee in moderation – 3 to 5 cups a day – show 65 percent reduced risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease at a later age.
This is another reason for you to switch to dark chocolate, if you haven't already. Chocolate has flavonoids – a compound which helps with blood circulation – improving the overall health of the heart and is known to slow the effects of dementia. Dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent and above is a healthy choice.
Walnuts (pecans, almonds and hazelnuts)
Walnuts are full of omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids and vitamin E and although they may be small in size, they are really nutritional, containing the good fats required for a healthy brain.
A study by New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities showed that mice that were fed walnuts in their diet showed a big improvement in their memory and motor coordination abilities.
Enjoy the sun
Everyone could use a little bit of tan! Exposing your face, arms and legs to the sun (minus the sunscreen) 10-15 minutes a few times a week will increase Vitamin D levels in the body. Its deficiency can increase the risk of dementia. Adults with stable vitamin D have a very low chance of developing mild cognitive impairments – the precursor to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.