by Elizabeth Siegel
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Cozy up with hot cocoa (yes!). Even at low concentrations, the flavanols in cocoa promote blood flow to the brain, according to a Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter. Recently, the flavanols have even been shown to improve cognitive performance among adults with early dementia, according to research from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Now, if only someone would discover that whipped cream made you lose weight.See more: Celebrity Hairstyles That Will Make You Look 10 Years Younger
Sip red wine or green tea. Early stage research--the kind done in petri dishes in a lab--suggests that extracts from red wine (resveratrol) and green tea (EGCG) could help prevent Alzheimer's, because both extracts change the shape of beta-amyloids, a destructive protein that clings to brain cells in Alzheimer's patients. Distorting the protein prevents it from adhering, according to a Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, a recent study published in the Journal of Biochemistry and another from the University of Michigan.