Aging is an inevitable process, but it’s consequences can be slowed down or even prevented. We have been reviewing longevity biomarkers at GRIP the last few weeks. Things like grip strength, waist circumference, low insulin levels, autophagy, and facial appearance just to name a few. In the end it comes down to eating foods that will give us the nutrients that we need. Yet, another example why we believe following our nutrition template is so important.
As we age, cognitive function is impaired. It will progress to dementia and death. Increased levels of homocysteine is believed to be a strong independent risk factor for the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
To detoxify homocysteine the body needs 3 vitamins; Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, and folate. Meat and seafoods are a rich source of Vitamin B12 and B6 and most people get sufficient amounts of these, but lack folate. Foods that are a good source of folate are romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, turnips, mustard greens, collard greens, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, and beets. A diet rich in plants can reduce homocysteine levels by 20% in 1 week.
So in summary, it is important to plan well balanced meals. A quality Protein + Veggie + Healthy Fat. This will help prevent cognitive impairment and support function of your brain so you can live a healthier, longer life.