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In a study involving over 1400 senior citizens, results showed that individuals consuming lots of fruits and vegetables lowered their risk of developing dementia by 21%. Previous research has also shown a connection between the consumption of high antioxidant-containing foods and a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Certain proteins form in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients, eventually causing nerve damage. Scientists hypothesize that free radicals (which cause damage to the cells of the body) may be at least partially to blame. Antioxidants have the ability to bind and inactivate free radicals and thus may offer neuroprotection.

Here’s a list of the top antioxidant foods:

  • Prunes (note: plums are also high, but the drying process really concentrates the antioxidant levels since prunes rank highest on the ORAC http://www.oracvalues.com/ test at 5770 units and Plums rank tenth at 949 units)
  • Raisins, blueberries, and blackberries also rank high – all above 2000 units.
  • Kale, Strawberries, Spinach, and Raspberries – all rank above 1000 units.
  • Brussels sprouts, Plums, Broccoli, Beets, Black beans, Oranges, Red Bell Pepper – these are all top scorer’s as well.
  • Artichoke hearts, cherries, cabbage, beans and legumes, apples, cranberries, pecans, walnuts, cacao (cocoa without all the added sugar), green tea, and even coffee – these are all powerfully healing foods.

Make sure to include at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables to your everyday routine. Your body and your mind will thank you in so many ways.

IMG_7034e-5About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.