congitivehealthBeing able to maintain good cognitive health – the ability to clearly think, learn and remember – is an important part of seniors’ overall health.

A large component of maintaining strong cognitive abilities is fueling your brain and body with the right nutrients supplied by a healthy diet.  At Embassy Healthcare, we know the importance of proper dietary and nutrition care. Chefs and nutrition specialists at each of our communities plan menus according to nutritional guidelines, preparing three healthy, home-cooked meals every day.

Eat to Strengthen the Brain

Most people don’t eat with brain health in mind. Fortunately, a healthy diet can support cognitive abilities in addition to reducing the risk of other health problems including diabetes and heart disease.

Diets plentiful in the following can help preserve brain function: fruits and vegetables; proteins such as lean meats, fish and poultry; whole grains; legumes; nuts; and low-fat dairy products. Limit foods high in fats, sodium and sugar, while being sure to drink plenty of water and controlling portion sizes.

Research shows that the “Mediterranean diet” – eating the above foods while replacing butter with olive and canola oil – can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Nutrients To Boost Memory

Here are some of the best nutrients that have been shown to strengthen memory:

  1. Ginkgo Biloba: This plant extract improves blood flow, essential for cognitive function.
  2. Vitamin D3: This vitamin promotes healthy aging in several ways, including brain function, immune response, muscle and bone strength, and positive mood.
  3. PhosphatidylSerine (PS): This nutrient is found in all cells of the body and helps the brain’s ability to recall faces, words and names while improving language fluency.

Embassy Healthcare kitchen staff members work with residents’ physicians to create customized dietary plans when necessary. If you or your loved one requires special dietary needs, call 888-975-1379 to talk with Embassy Healthcare department managers to make arrangements.