Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Study results have been mixed about whether diet, exercise or other healthy lifestyle choices can prevent or reverse cognitive decline. But these healthy choices promote good overall health and may play a role in maintaining cognitive health, so there's no harm in including these strategies in your general wellness plan:

  • Regular exercise has known benefits for heart health and may also help prevent cognitive decline. Exercise may also help improve mood.
  • A diet low in fat and rich in fruits and vegetables is another heart-healthy choice that also may help protect cognitive health.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are good for the heart. Most research showing a possible benefit for cognitive health uses fish consumption as a yardstick for the amount of omega-3 fatty acids eaten.
  • Social engagement and intellectual stimulation may make life more satisfying and help preserve mental function.
Jan. 19, 2013