Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease With Diet And Nutritional Supplements
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that affects some 5.3 million Americans. Over the past 25 years, the number
of patients who have Alzheimer’s disease has doubled and the incidence is expected to increase in coming decades as the US population
ages. It has now become the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
The disease typically begins with moments of forgetfulness or memory lapses. People afflicted with Alzheimer’s gradually lose
cognitive ability as their neurons (brain cells) are attacked and destroyed. Failing memory is often accompanied by a person’s
declining sense of well-being, and is often described by symptoms such as a lack of mental clarity (brain fog), altered mood (as
in depression), decreased mental abilities, worsening sleep patterns, and declining overall energy.
It’s normal for certain kinds of memory, such as the ability to remember lists of words, to decline with normal aging. In fact,
normal individuals 50 years of age will recall only about 60% as many items on some kinds of memory tests as individuals 20 years
of age. But with Alzheimer’s, as the disease advances, words are totally forgotten and the person’s mental abilities become severely
compromised. In the final stages, the person may no longer be able to dress, eat, or perform simple tasks. Loss of judgment and
reasoning occurs and delusions are common.
Risk Factors For Alzheimer’s Disease
Risk factors for Alzheimer's disease include high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary artery disease, and diabetes. Individuals
who have completed less than eight years of education also have an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease. These factors increase
the risk of Alzheimer's disease, but by no means do they mean that Alzheimer's disease is inevitable in persons with these factors.
There are also genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. Most patients develop Alzheimer's disease after age 70. However, 2%-5%
of patients develop the disease in the fourth or fifth decade of life (ie, in their 40's or 50's). At least half of these
early-onset patients have inherited gene mutations associated with their Alzheimer's disease. The children of a patient with
early-onset Alzheimer's disease who has one of these gene mutations has a 50% risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Unfortunately, Conventional Medicine Is Ineffective For Those Struggling With Alzheimer’s
Conventional medicine focuses on stimulating the brain chemical known as acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is an essential chemical
messenger that helps brain cells communicate with one another.
Patients with Alzheimer's suffer from reduced acetylcholine activity in their brains. For this reason, most conventional drugs for
Alzheimer's are aimed at improving acetylcholine activity in the brain by preventing its breakdown.
Drugs that support acetylcholine include cholinesterase inhibitors, which prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine by inhibiting
acetylcholinesterase. However, these drugs are expensive, largely ineffective, and may cause liver toxicity or damage.
Doodling Aids Memory
A study published in the 'Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology' shows that doodling can actually increase short-term memory
recall by 29 percent. The authors of the study report, “If someone is doing a task, they may start to daydream. Daydreaming distracts
them from the task, resulting in poor performance. A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without
affecting performance on the main task.”
Brain Fog Formula
For more details about BRAIN FOG FORMULA, click here!
Reducing inflammation and resultant free-radical formation is the key to reducing the risk of, and helping to reverse, the damage
of Alzheimer’s disease. The Brain Fog Formula contains key nutrients for proper mental clarity along with potent antioxidants for
preventing and eliminating inflammation.
DHA and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fish oils contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both of which are omega-3 oils. Deficiencies in DHA
have been linked to cognitive decline, and human cell studies have shown that DHA reduces beta-amyloid secretion. DHA has been
documented to increase phosphatidylserine, a naturally occurring component found in every cell membrane of the body. Low levels of
DHA are now being linked to increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
Try to eat 1-2 servings of deep coldwater fish or take at least high quality (ie, with no impurities) fish oil supplements on a
Oxidative stress is a very important factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidants in supplement form help to
reduce inflammation, free radicals, and beta-amyloid plaques.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape Seed Extract has demonstrated remarkable success in blocking the formation of brain plaques. One of the most potent
antioxidants available, grape seed extract, possesses 20 times more free radical–fighting power than vitamin E and 50 times more
than vitamin C.
The standardized herbal extract of Ginkgo is a powerful antioxidant that also improves brain circulation, reduces inflammation, and
helps boost mood and mental clarity. Research has found that Alzheimer’s patients who took Ginkgo biloba experienced a significant
improvement in their quality of life.
Consume from 5 to 9 servings of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables each day. As the saying goes "Five is fine; Nine is divine!"
Inflammation Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease
Evidence linking inflammation and oxidative stress to Alzheimer’s disease continues to grow. Research shows that inflammatory
chemicals known as cytokines attack the brain chemicals of those with Alzheimer's. Cytokines set off inflammatory reactions,
generating high levels of free radicals. The free radicals lead to the formation of beta-amyloid plaques. This results in more
inflammation, even more free radicals, and more destructive beta-amyloid plaques.
Mediterranean Diet Found Helpful In Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
The Mediterranean diet is characterized by a high intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, cereals; a high intake of unsaturated fatty
acids (mostly olive oil), but a low intake of saturated fatty acids; a moderately high intake of fish; a low to moderate intake of
dairy products (mostly cheese or yogurt); a low intake of meat and poultry; and a regular but moderate intake of alcohol,
primarily wine, with meals.
Patients adhering to the Mediterranean diet reduced their risk of developing Alzheimer’s by approximately 40 percent.
More helpful information:
Please fill out a copy of our BRAIN FUNCTION QUESTIONNAIRE, which was developed by Dr. Rodger Murphree. It is just as accurate
an indicator of neurotransmitter function as somewhat expensive lab analysis. The 'BFQ' allows both you and I to determine if
you’re low in certain neurotransmitters (serotoninin, dopamine, norepinephrine, etc) and therefore gives an indication about which
amino acids you'll need to take to solve your problems.
Austin Family Chiropractic is also a proud retailer of an excellent book by Dr. Rodger Murphree which explains this whole process
in much greater detail. The book entitled "TREATING & BEATING ANXIETY & DEPRESSION with Orthomolecular Medicine" sells for $15.88
(which includes sales tax).
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