Dementia diet

Memory loss is when a person loses the ability to remember information and events they would normally be able to recall.

It is famously a symptom of dementia, but becoming a bit forgetful can be a normal part of ageing

However, it could also be a sign that something is lacking in your diet.

As well providing us with physical energy, the right foods can also boost our brain power.

Research has found that almonds can help ward off decline in brain function.

Dementia diet

According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, eating almonds at lunchtime improved memory in the afternoon.

It is thought one of the reasons is because almonds have a positive effect on keeping blood sugar levels in balance.

When blood sugar levels dip below normal, it can affect brain function.

Additionally, the nut is packed with magnesiums, which has been shown to combat tiredness and fatigue.

Dementia diet

Almonds are also a source of brain-boosting niacin, thiamin, and folate.

In the study by Purdue University, 86 adults were split into two groups.

They were fed either an almond-enriched diet, or an almond-free diet for 12 weeks.

The researchers discovered that 30 minutes after lunch, the group who ate no almonds had a greater decline in memory.

Dementia diet

As well as warding off memory loss, almonds have a number of other health benefits.

Eating a handful a day could lower cholesterol, reducing stroke risk, according to findings published in the Journal of Nutritional Science.

They can also lower blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

It is because they are high in potassium, which balances out the negative effects of salt on blood pressure.