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Foods To Prevent Alzheimer’s & Sweet Potato Burrito Recipe on Dr. Oz

Today’s Dr. Oz show was about Alzheimer’s Disease..  The prior segment was about foods that cause Alzheimer’s, while this segment was devoted to the foods to help prevent the disease that has or will affect so many of us.  Dr. Oz invited a guest speaker on to the show (Dr. Neal Barnard) talk about the three steps we all should take to help prevent Alzheimers.

Foods To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Neal Barnard  (author of the book Power Foods To Protect The Brain) said that the best way to prevent Alzheimer’s is through your diet.  Listed below are the “Power Foods” that can help provide protection or ward off the disease altogether.

Fruits – Oranges, tomatillo’s, bananas

Veggies – Carrots, kale, jicama, kale, carrots

Whole Grains – Oatmeal, brown rice, amaranth

Legumes – Beans, lentils, peas

Lower Your Risk For Alzheimer’s by 70% With Vitamin E!

Foods that are high in Vitamin E (like sweet potatoes) can lower your risk for Alzheimer’s by as much as 70%.  Dr. Barnard explained to Dr. Oz that we should be building up a “vitamin shield” to provide protection against Alzheimers.  Here are the vitamins that he spoke of on the show :

Vitamin E – Good food choices would be sweet potatoes, mangos, and broccoli

Vitamin B6 – You can protect your brain by eating beans, brown rice, and corn

Vitamin B12 – This vitamin helps to protect your memory and can be found in almond milk, fortified soy, and fortified cereals

Folate – Kale, beans, asparagusSweet Potato Burrito RecipeHere is a recipe that contains all of the brain protecting vitamins that are noted above.  Delicious and easy to make!Ingredients (4 servings) :

  • 2 cups of diced and peeled sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • one 15 oz rinsed and drained black beans (choose a low sodium can)
  • 1 Cup of salsa
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (freshly squeezed would be the best option)
  • 1 chopped green onion
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper (ground)
  • four 8 inch whole wheat tortillas

Preparation directions :

Using a medium size pan bring the sweet potatoes to a boil and cook for 5 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender.  Add corn and cook for 1 more minute.  Drain the sweet potatoes and corn into a bowl.  Add lime juice, chili powder, chopped green onions, and black beans.  Throw in a pinch of salt and pepper.  Mix the ingredients in a bowl and add evenly on to the tortilla shells.  Add some salsa and lettuce.  Roll into a burrito shape and then enjoy your “alzheimer’s preventing Sweet Potato Burrito!”

Improve Your Memory Using The Linking Technique

At the end of the segment on Alzheimer’s Dr. Barnard demonstrated to Dr. Oz and the audience the “Linking Technique” and how it can help to improve your memory.  The linking technique is when you mentally attach an image to something that you find difficult to remember.   The image that you should attach should be vivid and outrageous because your brain will remember that image along with what you are trying to remember.

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