World Food Day: Nuts good for prevention of Dementia, says carer

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Pst. Victoria Onu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Grace Nursing Care Centre (GNCC), says nuts are good for the prevention of Dementia.

Onu, also Secretary General, Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN), stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in commemoration of the World Food Day, in Abuja, on Saturday.

She explained that nuts, such as peanuts, cashew nuts, walnuts, tiger nuts, and others, were loaded with lots of healthy vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy brain.

“Nuts generally are loaded with lots of healthy vitamins and minerals that are needed to improve brain and ward off signs of dementia.

“Once you clock 45, start consuming these nuts for your own brain benefit,” she counselled.

The carer, who cited destruction of memory as of the greatest dangers of dementia, said that leafy vegetables were also helpful in preventing dementia, advising people approaching age to consume leafy greens or vegetables as they were essential in diet and nutrition.

According to her, they contain essential nutrients such as vitamin B, folate, Vitamin B9 and lots more that help the brain to fight against age-related problems.

Onu added: “leafy vegetables, include cabbage, spinach, water leaf, collard greens and others”.

Similarly, she emphasised the imperatives of fatty fish in the nutritional struggle to overcome dementia as they contained a vital nutrient known as omega three.

“This omega three nutrient is very effective in fighting and preventing dementia and other brain conditions as a person grows older.

“Fishes that contain omega three fatty acid include sardines, tuna, salmon, mackerel and also catfish”, she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that World Food Day is celebrated annually on Oct. 16, to promote global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger, and to highlight the to ensure healthy diets for all.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) first designated Oct. 16 as World Food Day in 1979.