How To Reduce The Odds of Alzheimer’s Through Diet & Supplements
Because June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we wanted to share some tips about how the odds of getting this debilitating disease can be reduced or eliminated by healthy diet and lifestyle. We sell everything on the list referenced below in our store, and we welcome you to come by and discuss any of products you have questions about. Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia – a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases, making it the most common type. Contrary to popular belief, dementia is not a normal part of aging. Dementia is caused by brain cell damage. Alzheimers and dementia are the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. today It’s been conventionally thought that dementia strikes without warning or reason, but that’s not entirely true. We know that it’s caused by plaque formations (called “tangles”) that occur when chemically sticky protein pieces called beta-amyloids clump together. Beta-amyloid comes from a larger protein found in the fatty membrane surrounding nerve cells. The most damaging form of beta-amyloid may be groups of a few pieces rather than the plaques themselves. The small clumps may block cell-to-cell signaling at synapses. People who experience very little decline in their cognitive function up until their deaths have been found (post-mortem) to be free of brain lesions, showing that it's possible to prevent the damage from occurring in the first place. WHAT TO DO: Improve your MAGNESIUM levels. There is some exciting preliminary research strongly suggesting a decrease in Alzheimer symptoms with increased levels of magnesium in the brain. Unfortunately most magnesium supplements do not pass the blood brain barrier, but a new one, magnesium threonate, appears to and holds some promise for the future for treating this condition. MUCUNA PRURIENS is an herb that is perhaps the richest natural source of l-dopa, which is important to the production of healthy levels of dopamine in your brain. Dopamine facilitates the transfer of information between neurons and your brain, and regulates immunity and muscle control. In addition to staving off the problems which can lead to dementia, this herb can lead to more restful sleep, increased energy levels, stronger immune system, improved mood, and more! We’ve got this herb extract in our store in the form of the Solaray DopaBean supplement. Optimize your VITAMIN D levels. Strong links between low levels of vitamin D in Alzheimer's patients and poor outcomes on cognitive tests have been revealed. Researchers believe that optimal vitamin D levels may enhance the amount of important chemicals in your brain and protect brain cells by increasing the effectiveness of the glial cells in nursing damaged neurons back to health. Vitamin D may also exert some of its beneficial effects on Alzheimer's through its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Sufficient vitamin D is imperative for proper functioning of your immune system to combat inflammation that is also associated with Alzheimer's. VITAMIN B12. According to a small Finnish study recently published in the journal Neurology, people who consume foods rich in B12 may reduce their risk of Alzheimer's in their later years. For each unit increase in the marker of vitamin B12 (holotranscobalamin) the risk of developing Alzheimer's was reduced by 2 percent. Very high doses of B vitamins have also been found to treat Alzheimer's disease and reduce memory loss. Eat a nutritious diet, rich in FOLATE. Vegetables, without question, are your best form of folate, and we should all eat plenty of fresh raw veggies every day. High-quality animal-based OMEGA-3 FATS, such as krill oil. High intake of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA help by preventing cell damage caused by Alzheimer's disease, thereby slowing down its progression, and lowering your risk of developing the disorder. COCONUT OIL may offer profound benefits in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. One of the primary fuels your brain uses is glucose, which is converted into energy. When your brain becomes insulin resistant, atrophy due to starvation can occur. However, ketone bodies, or ketoacids can also feed your brain, perhaps better, and prevent brain atrophy. It may even restore and renew neuron and nerve function in your brain after damage has set in. In fact, ketones appear to be the preferred source of brain food in patients affected by diabetes or Alzheimer's. Ketones are what your body produces when it converts fat (as opposed to glucose) into energy, and a primary source of ketone bodies are the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil. ASTAXANTHIN supplement is a natural pigment with unique properties and many clinical benefits, including some of the most potent antioxidant activity currently known. As a fat-soluble nutrient, astaxanthin readily crosses your blood-brain barrier. One study found it may help prevent neurodegeneration associated with oxidative stress, as well as make a potent natural "brain food."