What’s good for your heart is good for your brain

Your brain is one of your most vital organs. It plays a role in your every action and every thought, and just like the rest of your body, it needs to be taken care of.

A healthy brain begins with a healthy heart. Eating a nutritious diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But did you know that it could also reduce your risk of developing dementia?

Healthy lifestyle choices will help keep your brain as healthy as possible as you age. It can also improve your brain's ability to sustain long-term health and fight illnesses. A healthy diet helps maintain brain function and slows memory decline.

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario is pleased to share a helpful tip sheet to help keep your mind sharp and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Download the Healthy Eating and Alzheimer’s disease Toolkit


  • Helpful tips to reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Healthy meal suggestions for a brain healthy diet
  • Food Journal
  • Recipe Cards 

Nalini Sen

As a busy mom of two, it’s important that my family eats nutritious meals and that I do too. I bring my lunch to work each day along with one of my favourite snacks –plain yogurt and granola – to beat that mid-afternoon sugar craving.
- Nalini Sen, Director of the Alzheimer Society Research Program


Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide is designed to help us make wise food choices by translating the science of healthy eating into a practical pattern of food choices that meet our need for nutrients, promote health and minimize the risk of nutrition-related diseases.

Note: Your abilities, health and interests should be taken into consideration when choosing brain healthy activities. If you have questions about your own situation, speak to your doctor or health care provider.

Last Updated: 06/12/2017