Dementia currently affects more than 35 million people globally, with a majority of those individuals being seniors and older adults. While there is currently no known cure for dementia, there are ways to reduce the risk of onset. Home Care Assistance of Lancaster presents a list of the best vitamins and minerals that seniors should consume to reduce the risk of developing the memory condition.
- Zinc – Zinc works to improve memory function and cognitive functioning, making it important to take 30 mg to 40 mg each day of the mineral. It also helps to remove toxins in the body that can contribute to brain health. Spinach, pumpkin seeds and cocoa are all great sources of Zinc.
- Vitamin D – The brain is flooded with vitamin D receptors, which means that the vitamin, in some way, may influence the way one learns, thinks and acts. In fact, studies show that those with low levels of vitamin D double their risk of developing dementia with age. So seniors should make sure to get their glass of milk each day and consider adding yogurt and lean meats, poultry and eggs for a boost of vitamin D.
- Omega-3 – Omega 3 fatty acid has been directly linked to reducing cognitive decline that occurs in adults by gradually boosting the size of the brain. The Alzheimer’s Society supports eating a balanced diet with Omega-3 rich foods including fish such as salmon, walnuts, soybeans, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
- Vitamin E – Damage to cells as the result of oxygen exposure is thought to play a role in the development of dementia. Vitamin E, however, may protect against this degeneration of cells, reducing the risk of dementia and slowing its progression down once it’s already developed. Meet the daily recommendation of 400 to 800 IU of vitamin E each day by consuming tofu, spinach, almonds, avocados, broccoli or squash.
- Vitamin B1 – Just 50 mg of vitamin B1 each day can support both neurons and enzymes in the brain to reduce the progression of dementia. The University of Michigan performed two studies that proved mental functioning improved for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease who consumed vitamin B1 on a daily basis. Fortified breads, cereals and pasta are all good sources of vitamin B1.
To learn more about reducing the risk of dementia for seniors or to learn more about how these vitamins and minerals can play a role in managing symptoms for a senior living with the disease, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Lancaster. Our professional and compassionate Lancaster dementia caregivers are trained in how to manage the symptoms of dementia and can assist seniors with nutritious meal preparation, daily activity, personal care, medication reminders and so much more. To request free information or a complimentary consultation, call 717-540-4663.