New research, unveiled at the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) annual conference, suggests that certain natural foods may stave off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Key nutrients are the power players, helping keep brain cells healthy and potentially preventing  brain-damaging inflammation.
For the first time at this symposium, pure maple syrup was included  among the healthful, and show promise in improving brain health. Learn more about these natural and healthy foods while cooking with them with our healthy recipes for brain health.
Maple Syrup
A new study found that an extract of pure maple syrup from Canada may help prevent the misfolding and clumping of two types of proteins found in brain cells – beta amyloid and tau peptide. When cellular proteins fold improperly and clump together, they accumulate and form plaque that is involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. A pure maple syrup extract prevented the fibrillation (tangling) of beta amyloid proteins and exerted neuroprotective effects in rodent’s microglial brain cells.
Recent findings suggest that supplementation with flavonoid-rich blueberry offers the possibility of risk reduction in the advance of dementia.
Extra virgin olive oil
A naturally occurring phenolic compound in extra virgin olive oil, called oleocanthahl, might
have the potential to prevent and/or hold the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by targeting
multiple pathological processes associated with the disease.
A study found that healthy older individuals that were given a curcumin supplement had
improved working memory and attention based on the results of a series of cognitive tests.
New research on mice found that supplementation with walnuts showed improvement in
memory, learning skills and motor development, compared to the group that did not receive
walnuts. This might have been related to the inhibition of amlyoid beta-protein fibrillation.

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