Indian diet could reduce risk of Alzheimer’s

Drop the meat, cut the risk

Freestyle

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September 6, 2016

/ By / Kolkata



traditional Indian thali

traditional Indian thali

Some Western food habits, rich in meat and high-fat dairy products, can put a person at a higher risk of Alzheimer. On the other hand, Indian food is becoming beneficial to cut the risk off, researchers claim.

A new research report has cautioned that western food habits, rich in red meat, sugary desserts, high fat foods, and refined grains can significantly increase the possibility of getting Alzheimer’s disease

The report, published by a nutrition centre in United States says that “Mediterranean” diet, a diet that includes high consumption of vegetables and olive oil and moderate consumption of protein, and thought to confer health benefits, is associated with lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s significantly.

According to Dr. William B Grant, Director Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Centre in San Francisco, California, the Western dietary pattern is strongly associated with risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

In the UK, one person is diagnosed with dementia – caused by such diseases as Alzheimer’s – every three minutes and the treatment costs exceed USD 25 billion every year.

It is the only cause of death that is still on rise in the United Kingdom, with 850,000 Britons now suffering from dementia. By 2025, this figure is estimated to reach one million.

Benefits of Indian food

Dr. Grant’s study recommends traditional diets of several nations such as India, Japan, Nigeria and the Mediterranean region, which cut  the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by half.

Traditional Indian food habits apparently including fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy products, legumes, and fish, are associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, the study said, compared to western food diet, and is a more reliable food habit.

Indian foods have a lot of spices in them, which also significantly help in reducing risk of many other diseasessuch as several cancers, type II diabetes, stroke and chronic kidney diseases, the study says.

Along with a healthy balanced diet, no smoking, staying mentally and physically active, drinking in moderation and keeping blood pressure in check can all help to keep the brains healthy as human age.

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