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Studies Show Diet Changes May Help Stave off Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

Posted on | June 13, 2015 | No Comments

clinical research for Alzheimer's diseaseThere are many lifestyle changes that have been shown in recent studies to stave off symptoms Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in those in the early stages of the disease. These changes include, daily physical and mental exercises, a healthy diet, and engaging in an active social life,  When it comes to a healthy Alzheimer’s prevention diet, many foods have been shown to be the most effective in clinical research studies.

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables has been shown to improve cognition-particularly bright colored foods with antioxidants such as Ellagic Acid (a natural phenol antioxidant found in numerous fruits and vegetables which may slow the growth of cancer cells).  Keep in mind that Ellagic Acid is blocked by ingestion of dairy products, so eating yogurt with your morning berries may not be the best idea.

One study indicated that fresh strawberries and blueberries eaten regularly could delay cognitive aging by as much as 2.5 years. It’s important to eat a variety of different bright colored fruits and vegetable on a daily basis A variety of fruits and veges seem to support various cognitive areas in the brain.  An increase in these foods has been linked with lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

In studies, those who drank a variety of fruits and vegetable juices had a seventy six percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than the group in study that didn’t drink juice-most likely due to the high phyto-nutrient content.

Populations ingesting large amounts of curcumin (turmeric) have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease-possibly because these cultures usually eat less animal products than in  western cultures.  But the turmeric supplements were not as effective in alleviating symptoms of AD. Saffron is another spice that was found to have positive effects on diminishing Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in recent clinical studies.

Coffee has been found to be beneficial in lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  Drinking a morning cup of Joe has been shown in numerous studies to support Alzheimer’s prevention.

Aluminum (which is added to foods such as some types of processed cheeses), has been shown to be related to diseases of the brain and nervous system such as AD.  Iron accumulation in the brain is also being linked to AD.  There has been some controversy over whether or not those with a family history of neurological diseases (such as AD) should consume milk.  There may be a connection between toxic waste in the food supply and milk being linked to diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Methyl mercury, commonly found in types of seafood such as tuna, has been linked to impaired cognition and delayed central nervous center communication in fetuses, infants, and children of moms who ate foods high in mercury during and before pregnancy.

To avoid mercury contamination in fish, consider getting the omega-3 fatty acids the brain needs from plant sources such as flax-seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds as well as winter squash variations.

Lack of proper levels of B-12 has resulted in cognitive deficits.  Good sources of B-12 include; shell fish, liver, mackeral, soy products, red meat and fortified cereal.  Vegans and vegetarians tend to have more problems with B-12 deficiencies than those who eat red meat.

Changing your diet is one way to help ensure a healthy brain.  Learn more about how to incorporate other healthy lifestyle changes for Alzheimer’s prevention by CLICKING HERE to purchase the book, Alzheimer’s Treatment/ Alzheimer’s Prevention written by Harvard trained neurologist,  Dr. Richard Isaacson,

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Harvard-trained Neurologist, Richard S. Isaacson, M.D. currently serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, Vice Chair of Education, and Education Director of the McKnight Brain Institute in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, and his medical internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL. Prior to joining UM, he served as Associate Medical Director of the Wien Center for Alzheimers disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai.

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