Nearly 5.1 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). This progressive, irreversible brain disease is the leading cause of dementia in the elderly, usually manifesting after the age of 60. As anyone who has seen a loved one go through this type of decline can tell you, it’s simply devastating. Cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—along with behavioral abilities, become compromised to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Ranging in severity from the mildest stage, when it just begins to affect a person’s functioning with slight lapses in memory, to the most severe stage, when the person can no longer care for himself or herself and need assistance in almost all daily tasks.
Unfortunately, there’s currently no proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, however research continues. According to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, the best strategies for preventing Alzheimer’s in the long run may be the same things that keep your heart healthy in the short term. “The strongest evidence so far suggests that you may be able to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by reducing your risk of heart disease. Many of the same factors that increase your risk of heart disease can also increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Important factors that may be involved include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, excess weight and diabetes.”
The whole story can be found here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers-disease/DS00161 The page goes on to say that programs under development “encourage physical activity, cognitive stimulation, social engagement and a healthy diet. They also teach memory compensation strategies that help optimize daily function even if brain changes progress. Keeping active — physically, mentally and socially — may make your life more enjoyable and may also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.” Really, this health recommendation isn’t anything outside of what we all know to be true – that being healthy, happy and engaged in our communities is the best thing for our futures. Speaking of happy, healthy and engaged, here’s another smoothie recipe – this one chosen for its brain-boosting ingredients and rich, delicious taste.
- 1.5 Cups Hemp Milk
- 1.5 Cup Walnuts
- 2 Frozen Bananas
- 2 T. Organic Raw Chocolate Powder
- 2 T. Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 T. Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- .5 Cup Ice
Directions: Place all of the ingredients into the Vitamix (or your blender) and blend until perfectly smooth. Enjoy!