Dementia is a mental disorder which results in decreased memory and declining cognitive abilities. The prognosis is bad since the disease is progressive. However, according to some new studies, patients diagnosed with dementia could possibly suffer from nutritional imbalances.

As a matter of fact, one study revealed that about 41% of dementia cases were actually misdiagnosed and the low mental faculties linked to this disease can be reversed.

Check out the following imbalances that can affect the functionality of your brain:

1. Magnesium

Doctors have detected low magnesium levels in all patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. On the other hand, people with higher levels of magnesium are less susceptible to this disease.

Experts claim that high intake of magnesium prevents and reverses dementia. So, those who suffer from dementia in its early stages should take magnesium supplements.

2. Vitamin D

Several studies showed that vitamin D can reverse and slow down the degenerative brain conditions. 95% of the people over 65 have vitamin D deficiency, which is believed to be the lead cause of dementia. Vitamin D strengthens the brain receptors, but it also speeds up the recovery of the damaged neurons.

3. Omega-3 fatty acids

Numerous studies support the notion that omega-3 fatty acids are highly beneficial for the brain. When omega-3 is present in our brain cells, it enhances both the brain functionality as well as its efficiency.

A study that involved 2.000 participants has shown that the high intake of omega-3 fatty acids led to decrease in dementia cases by 41%.

4. Selenium

It has been already documented that selenium has positive effects on the patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. However, it hasn’t been still proven whether it can be effective in the treatment of dementia as well. According to a study done by the Federal University in Brazil, high selenium intake can reverse dementia, since it strengthens the cells responsible for production of dopamine – a hormone that has positive effect on the brain function.

5. Vitamin B12

According to the scientists at the Ben-Gurion University in Israel, vitamin B12 deficiency may result in symptoms similar to dementia. Although further research is required, this implies that high levels of B12 in the body can reverse dementia.

6. Bacterial imbalances

It has been also shown that probiotics play a large role in dementia reversal diet. If there is an imbalance in the gut, the number of nutrients that should be extracted from food is limited. This results in body’s inability to process essential minerals and vitamins which fight off dementia and other degenerative diseases on the brain.

7. Hormonal imbalances

The lack of T3 (a thyroid hormone) is linked to dementia. Namely, T3 takes part in the protein synthesis which affects all systems in the body. If there is a hormone imbalance, the brain’s ability to digest new information is impaired, so as a result it starts to replay old information, causing the patients to keep asking same questions over and over.

Other possible causes of dementia that are linked to other metabolic disorders:

• Hormonal disorders such as Cushing disease or Addison disease
• Hypoglycemia
• Heavy metal exposure
• Kidney failure
• Hyperparathyroidism (high levels of calcium in blood)
• Thyrotoxicosis (high levels of thyroid hormones in the body)
• Hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormone in body)
• Porphyria
• Liver cirrhosis
• Alcohol abuse
• Mitochondria disorders
• Wilson disease

Foods that prevent dementia:

• Cruciferous vegetables
• Green leafy vegetables
• Beans and legumes
• Cherries and berries
• Whole grains
• Almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, walnuts and pecans
• Asparagus, pumpkin, carrots, beets, squash and tomatoes
• Turmeric, cumin and cinnamon
• Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds

Reference: Mind Body Green