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Feb 15, 2017

Homeopathy and a Mediterranean diet for improved cognitive function

You don’t have to accept decreasing mental ability as you age. Homeopathy and a Mediterranean diet can improve cognitive function.Mediterranean diet foods

The choices you make affect how your brain ages. As noted in the post “Homeopathy and a healthy brain,” there are a number of homeopathic remedies that help with diminished cognition, memory loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, and trouble focusing. Homeopathy combined with better lifestyle choices can also decrease inflammation and free radicals in your body and sharpen your mental abilities in the process.

Cinta Valls-Pedret, Emilio Ros, and their team of researchers in Barcelona, Spain studied 447 mentally healthy volunteers with high cardiovascular risk factors who were part of PREDIMED, the Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea nutrition intervention randomized clinical trial that ran from October 1, 2003 through December 31, 2009. Study subjects either reduced dietary fat or supplemented their Mediterranean diet—a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in meat and dairy—with 1 liter per week of extra virgin olive oil or with 30 grams of mixed almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts. Both the extra virgin olive oil and the nuts are high in the polyphenols that combat oxidation and improve blood flow in the brain and may deter diabetes, which can cause cognitive impairment.

The Mediterranean diet itself reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke, all of which decrease cognitive ability. To follow the Mediterranean diet for yourself, choose

• Plenty of water
• 5-10 servings (1/2 c. cooked or 1 c. raw) of fruits and vegetables
• 4 servings of whole grains (1 slice whole-grain bread,1/2 c. cooked pasta)
• 5-6 servings (1 t.) of extra virgin olive oil instead of butter or margarine
• 2 servings dairy, especially with active cultures (1 c. milk or yogurt, 1 oz. cheese)
• Exercise

• 3-4 servings of olives, nuts (1 T. or 10-12 nuts), and legumes (1/2 c. cooked)
• 2 eggs
• 4 4-oz. servings of poultry
• At least 2 4-oz. servings of fish high in omega-3 (albacore tuna, anchovies, Atlantic mackerel, arctic char, catfish caught in the US, Pacific halibut, rockfish, sardines, trout, and wild salmon are all ocean-friendly and low in mercury according to Seafood Watch)
• Herbs and spices instead of salt
• No more than 3 sweets (1 t. jam)

• No more than 4 servings of red meat or high-fat meats like bacon
• Red wine in moderation

Work with your homeopath to address cognitive concerns you have now. Make lifestyle changes including adopting the Mediterranean diet. You can keep your mind sharp and your brain healthy.

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