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Will seeking out nutrition for the mind help counter Alzheimer's?

We've covered Alzheimer's disease extensively on this blog, citing recent research on nutritional compounds including omega-3 fatty acids and curcumin – the bioactive ingredient in turmeric – and their potential benefits as brain supplements. Though there is no documented cure for this prevalent form of dementia, scientists are gaining ground in understanding its mechanisms and unearthing possible avenues to delay or prevent development of the disease.

This week, PBS Newshour showcased some of the progress made in this respect. The news outlet interviewed Paul Nussbaum, who is affiliated with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and the Brain Health Center based in Pennsylvania. Nussbaum shared his insights on nutrition for the mind and the fight against Alzheimer's disease, noting that probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids and other compounds found in various nuts and leafy greens may help bolster the brain against this type of decline.

Nussbaum explained that seeking out proper nutrition for the mind in this way "doesn't prevent a condition like Alzheimer's, but it can delay its onset."

According to the Alzheimer's Association, one in eight older Americans live with Alzheimer's disease, and that number could potentially balloon as population demographics shift. Following a diet geared toward brain health may not definitively reduce your risk of developing this condition, but it may still help to keep your mind sharp. In addition, engaging in regular exercise and seeking out other forms of mental stimulation have also been shown to benefit long-term cognitive ability.

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