Alzheimer’s Prevention – Eat Healthy Foods

August 10, 2007 by  
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By Linda J Bruton

There are some exciting results from clinical trials and recent research that shows that individuals can reduce their risks of Alzheimer’s disease by following a healthy diet regimen.

There is still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, some of the clinical studies are so positive that there seems to be a consensus that individuals can control their destiny.

These studies indicate that individuals may be able to circumvent Alzheimer’s disease by eating certain nutrient dense foods. The consensus from several neurologists and information from several white papers explore the possibility that diet may play a major role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer Foundation funded these studies.

This news offers a ray of hope in an otherwise grim area of Alzheimer’s medical research. The grim reality is that the chances of everyone over the age of 60 years old has a 1 in 4 chance of becoming an Alzheimer’s victim. By the age of 80 years of age, the statistics get worse.

Eating healthy however seems to reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies indicate that as patients reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease they also reduce their risk factors for Alzheimer’s.

Recent white papers written as a result of the research by Dr. Nikolaos Scarmeas, an assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York provide some convincing evidence that people who eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes, cereals and fish have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. Scarmeas states “These nutrient rich foods could be helping individuals avoid Alzheimer’s disease by providing protection from oxidative stress or by reducing inflammation in the brain,”

Another nutrient dense ingredient that is found in Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have been shown in associative studies to slow the cognitive decline in some patients with very mild Alzheimer’s disease.

However, it must be emphasized that these supplements do not appear to affect people with more advanced cases of the disease, according to a team of Swedish researchers.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods like salmon, tuna and flaxseed. These fatty acids contain heart healthy fats. In one study from the University of Wisconsin, omega -3 fatty acids were shown to be flammable’ inside our bodies. These flames seem to burn off cholesterol raising types of fat. As a result there was a reduction in high cholesterol and heart related problems.

The facts of these studies indicate that starting a preventative healthy eating regimen including omega-3 supplements and following an eating plan rich in fruits, vegetables and other healthy food recommendations can be beneficial to individuals who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

However, in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s, there is little that can be done to repair damaged brain tissues.

As a preventative measure, these same foods plus an omega-3 supplement are suggested included items that become integral ingredients of a healthy diet.

These recent papers reveal a consensus that focus and expand on the concept that diet is a critical component in controlling and perhaps preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Several clinical trials and the resulting reports point clearly to the idea that early intervention and lifestyle will have the greatest effect on controlling and perhaps preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

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