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Vegan brain foods for World Alzheimer's Month

In observance of World Alzheimer's Month, Home Care Assistance chief operating officer Lily Sarafan, expert and author on aging and care, shares a list of her favorite brain foods. Chances are these dementia-free foods are already part of your vegan diet.

In observance of World Alzheimer's Month, Home Care Assistance chief operating officer Lily Sarafan, expert and author on aging and care, shares a list of her favorite brain foods. Chances are the suggestions below are already part of your vegan diet.
In observance of World Alzheimer's Month, Home Care Assistance chief operating officer Lily Sarafan, expert and author on aging and care, shares a list of her favorite brain foods. Chances are the suggestions below are already part of your vegan diet.

Vegan brain foods to help ward off Alzheimer's

Jicama

This root vegetable has probiotic properties to boost healthy bacteria and aid in digestion. It is also high in vitamin C which can help fight wrinkles. Try these jicama salads to deliciously up your intake.

Chia

This tiny edible seed has a nutty taste and is an excellent source of fiber, calcium, iron and omega-3s. These seeds are great for your bones and heart so sprinkle some on cereals, salads or soups for added nutrients. Learn more about chia seeds.

Sprouts

These are germinating seeds that can be eaten raw or cooked and can come from different beans like soybeans, alfalfa, or even vegetables like broccoli. Broccoli sprouts contain about 50 times more of the anti-cancer agent, sulforaphane, than its fully mature stalks. Add sprouts to your green smoothies.

Black garlic

The fermentation process gives this garlic varietal a sweet, clove and caramel flavor. Black garlic packs in nearly double the antioxidants compared to a regular raw bulb of garlic and has properties that can help lower cholesterol.

Nutritional yeast

A single serving of this yeast has as much as nine grams of protein and is packed with vitamin B to help keep energy levels high and stress levels low. Nutritional yeast can be used as a dairy-free substitute for Parmesan cheese and be sprinkled popcorn, potatoes or even pasta. Sink your fork into these sunflower-carrot croquettes.

Kelp

This powerful plant, despite its small size, is loaded with vitamin K and calcium. Certain studies have shown that it can help decrease a women’s risk of developing breast cancer. In a powder form, kelp can be added to soups or meatballs for added nutritional value.

Barley

This grain is filled with niacin to help keep your skin and hair healthy. It also contains lignans, which can help fight cancer and keep your cholesterol levels under control. Barley is the perfect substitute for oatmeal, pasta or rice.

If you want more dementia-free tips, download Sarafan's book Happy to 102 (it's free!)
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