Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three proven ways to ward off Alzheimer's disease


With symptoms such as deterioration in memory and mental functions that worsen over time and leave the afflicted person often incapable of independent living, Alzheimer's disease may be a condition that you are very much concerned about as you or your loved ones approach 65 - the age when Alzheimer's strikes many sufferers.

While conventional medicine has no cure for the disease, the good news is that there are scientifically-verified things you can do to ward off Alzheimer's.

The power of antioxidants

In those with Alzheimer's disease, portions of the brain are reduced and replaced by protein deposits and cellular debris. And much research point to the role of free radicals in the development of such brain damage.

To combat the destructive effects of free radicals and keep Alzheimer's at bay, you will need a high daily intake of antioxidant foods. And foods that are rich in antioxidants include fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those high in vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene.

A study involving 1,800 subjects by researchers from the Vanderbilt University (in Nashville) and the University of South Florida (in Tampa) found that those who drank fruit and vegetable juices at least three times a week had a 76 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's, compared to those who drank juices less than once a week.

Studies have also found that fruits like blueberries and currants have special protective effects against the brain damage seen in those with Alzheimer's.

The benefits of B-vitamins

It is widely acknowledged that a decline in B-vitamin levels in the body can lead to poorer mental performance, and higher levels of amino acid homocysteine, which is in turn linked to higher risk for Alzheimer's.

Given the high incidence of nutritional deficiency (especially folate and B12) amongst the elderly, it is not inconceivable that the impaired mental function experienced by many Alzheimer's sufferers could be a result of a vitamin B deficiency.

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