Mark Kinjo shared his dietary recommendations for avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease with the 300 people who attended today’s Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition conference at the Ambridge Center in Portland. Kinjo is a naturopathic doctor at Lake Hills Medical Association in Lynnwood, Washington.
Kinjo is both a native of Okinawa, Japan and a lifelong Seventh Day Adventist. Both of these groups are known for their superior health and longevity.
As Kinjo pointed out, “Faulty genetics loads the gun. Lifestyle pulls the trigger.” He’s a big proponent of using food as medicine.
Here are a few of his suggestions for brain-boosting foods:
- blueberries, which he calls “the brain berry”
- vitamin E
- curcumin, an extract from turmeric. Indians eat lots of turmeric in curry and have a low rate of AD
- Omega 3s, which are found in fish, seafood, nuts, legumes, green leafy plants and olive oil. Omega 3s cause neurons to become more fluid
- coconut oil may be beneficial
- gingko biloba seems to help cognition
- huperzine A, an extract from club moss used in Chinese medicine, helps cognitive function.
In addition to good nutrition, Kinjo recommends exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest and trusting relationships as your best protection against developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
This was the fourth annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition conference. The conference was co-sponsored by Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical Center.