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You can do some easy things to lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. See these tips from Medical Correspondent Dr. Manny Alvarez.
Taking steps to prevent dementia now will help cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as you age.
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- Add cinnamon to your diet – consuming a teaspoon of this spice has been shown to block the production of proteins in the brain that contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s.
- Drink apple juice – it boosts the production of a chemical compound in the brain associated with learning, memory, mood and muscle movement.
- Drink coffee – it acts as an anti-inflammatory that can block cholesterol buildup in the brain. One large study showed that men and women who drank three to five cups of coffee a day reduced their chances of dementia by 65 percent. (See: Green Tea & Coffee Fight Vascular Dementia)
- Socialize more – studies show that a busy social life can improve your cognitive abilities. (See: Dementia Risk Comes from Feeling Alone, Not Being Alone )
- Protect your vision – your eyes are a good indicator of how your brain is functioning. Preserving your vision can actually cut your dementia risk by 63%.
- Meditate – this will lower your blood pressure and reduce stress, and it increases blood flow to the brain, which is why researchers believe it helps us retain mental acuity as we age.
- Eat a Mediterranean diet – a diet rich in leafy greens, fish, fruit, nuts and a little red wine can cut your dementia risk in half because it’s chock full of brain-protecting antioxidants. ( See: Most Mediterranean Diet Studies Show Less Dementia )
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Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel’s Senior Managing Editor for Health News.