Doing this can safeguard you from dementia… 47



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It has recently been discovered by the University of Eastern Finland that eating large amounts of saturated fats in midlife correlates to a greater risk of dementia and a reduced cognitive function 14 years later.

This study points out how important it is to eat healthily in midlife which may prevent dementia later on. It was found that those who regularly consumed healthy foods at the average age of 50 had a nearly 90 per cent lower risk of dementia in a 14-year follow-up study. compared to those who did not eat healthily.

Researchers used a healthy diet index based on eating a variety of foods. ‘Healthy’ foods were defined as vegetables, berries/fruits, fish and unsaturated fats from milk products and spreads. ‘Unhealthy’ foods were defined as sausages, eggs, salty fish, sugary drinks, desserts/candy and saturated fats from milk products and spreads.

Eating large amounts of saturated fats was linked to decreased cognitive function and increased dementia risk. Those who eat a diet high in saturated fats and carry the epsilon 4 variant of the apolipoprotein E (ApoE) gene are also at risk. This gene is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

“Even those who are genetically susceptible can at least delay the onset of the disease by favoring vegetable oils, oil-based spreads and fatty fish in their diet,” says doctoral thesis author Margo Eskelinen, MSc. The thesis was based on the population-based Finnish Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Incidence of Dementia (CAIDE) study.

It is recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association to increase the intake of “protective foods” to maintain a healthy brain. These include dark-skinned fruits and vegetables such as prunes, raisins, red grapes, plums, blueberries, cherries, broccoli, spinach, kale, onion, red bell pepper, beets and eggplant. Nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pecans are also recommended, as are cold-water fish such as trout, salmon, tuna, mackerel and halibut. Increasing intake of vitamins such as C, E, folate and B12 is also considered helpful. I would also recommend taking at least a tablespoon of coconut oil a day as this has also been found to prevent dementia and is  beneficial to those who are suffering from dementia.

Study results were published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders and Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.


Do you change your diet to protect you from health problems? What foods do you consciously eat? Tell us in the comments below… 

Barbara Karafokas

Barbara Karafokas ( is a qualified nutritionist, and a health, nutrition and wellness consultant. She inspires others to celebrate and love life by creating healthier eating and lifestyle habits and attitudes for life! Barbara lives on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus. She brings a blend of skills to her practice and teaching. For over twelve years she has been committed to creating awareness about the hidden dangers to health. Barbara is also the author of The Med Life Diet (, a beginner’s guide to creating healthy eating and healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life!

  1. Don’t drink tap water for starters its the fluoride in it known to give altzhiemers.

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    • Were did you research that info Dianne?

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      • There’s heaps of evidence out there about fluoride. It is a poison. Why do we need to be drinking it every day? Don’t believe the government research, or the dentists. In fact it has been proven to have no impact on tooth decay at all. The research is out there and it is not hard to find.

    • Tap water has not done me any harm for 75 years. Besides all bottled water is filled from taps.

    • It’s an old wives tail so it must be correct. Same with these numerous food things about preventing dementia. Use your brain more, and reduce stress, that’s the non-secret.

    • Only good water is live water.. Captured water is stagnant full of chemicals. Bottled water is filtered tap water yes… Most of them.. Some are clean spring water….. Some states are whole lot worse than others. But fluoride is for teeth enamel not for you insides.

    • True Keith….use your brain more. Research organic compared to pesticides, herbicides, and chemically grown. Research your own brain how you lived in a non preserved state when young now everything is drench, soaked ,stored in it.
      When you find the non secret to reduce stress and turn off the triggers point me in that direction.. I would love to know how to reduce and undo it…
      I don’t care who goes around with their blinkers on and their minds closed to how we have been toxically chemically contaminated. Its in the water the air we breathe in the food we eat….not too many places unaffected…

    • Agreed Dianne….. Our whole food chain is polluted, but I believe we have the ability to heal ourselves. Our bodies natural tendency is to return to its perfect state.

  2. This is rubbish,my Mother has been absolutely anal about her diet her entire life,she has dementia.

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    • Some people eat right but don’t use their brain right. Some over stress it… I guess it all in our heads, nothing is caused, we are not guinea pigs. We are free from all toxins and live a wonderful pure life ….

  3. Dementia can’t be that bad, you can make new friends every day and you won’t worry about the bills you can’t afford to pay.

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    • Yeah someone else gets what you worked all your life for not your family.. But sounds like a good plan on your behalf. Although let me add they already planned it out to take everything from you once your thoughts shut down anyway.

    • Geoff I saw the funny side..although it not funny for those who still have faculties, but to some of us it good to forget and block out the leaches the stress the ” why’s and wherefores’.

    • I think of us oldies, who have fort hard to make ends meet we sacrificed near everything for our families set them up with a good foundation. Looked after them when they sick, wiped their arses when they shit themselves. Support them when they down and out , in between relationships or houses. Bail them when they in trouble, pick them up when broken down. But when we wear out from doing all that we get shoved in a home….. Sorta fair I guess, what goes around comes around.

  4. ALL the latest science points to there being NOTHING wrong with saturated fat and PLENTY wrong with highly processed seeds oils.

  5. These studies are all very well , but whatever we eat or drink is still going to get us in the end ,there are no facts we will live any longer,soooo eat /drink & be happy

  6. All good in theory, and certainly well worth adopting, but my Mum walked every day of her life, she worked hard in the garden, she kept her mind active. She ate a very healthy diet. She still got vascular dementia. I follow her lead in keeping physically and mentally active and eating wisely, but I can only hope that I don’t end up with dementia. No guarantees.

  7. This is saying that eggs are unhealthy, I don’t believe that one, eggs are good for you in moderation.

  8. My friend with severe dementia exercised, played tennis, walked, drank from only the best water filter, was absolutely strict about eating healthy and keeping abreast with the latest research, as all four brothers had succumbed to it. Her mother had it and she was determined to never get it,so it was too cruel to be diagnosed with it. I think genetics plays a big part. I also try eating healthy, but I think sugars have a bad effect and in the New Year, I want to cut them out!

  9. Fair enough with this, but honestly anything in moderation. If we listen to everything that they tell us. We would all be sick and stick thin. I’m tired of reading about the good foods and the bad ones.

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