Here is an interesting article on a disease becoming more common.
About 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease causes a persons mental abilities to get worse over time.The Alzheimer’s Association says that since 1980 the amount has more than doubled, By 2050 the amount of people afflicted with this disease could be 16 million.
James G. Penland, Ph.D, a research psychologist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota said, “I think it’s worthwhile to consider diet as a potential factor in Alzheimer’s.”
Researchers are finding evidence that free radicals have some part to play in Alzheimer’s A t the University of south Florida in Tampa and Vanderbilt University held a study with more than 1800 women and men and the results were that the people in the study who drank fruit and vegetable juices had a 76% lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s Disease as opposed to those who drank it one or no times a week. The researchers concluded that, Fruit and vegetable juices may play an important role in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.”
Right now research is going on about whether B vitamins will help prevent Alzheimers or slow down the process of it. They are studying this because it is used to keep a protective covering on nerves also helps make the chemicals our nerves use to communicate.. Dr, Penland says that mental performances may suffer with Vitamin B going down a level or two.
A study from Australia gave 299 older men either a supplemental folate that is a B vitamin, Vitamin b6, vitamin b12, or a placebo for 2 years. When you are close to or have Alzheimer’s you have special things in their brains that those who do not have it don’t have. They Australian study founded that the men who had B Vitamins didn’t have the deposits in their brain while those taking the placebo had it.
A good source of a B Vitamin, a thiamin are sunflower seeds, grain products that are enriched, and pork. T get Vitamin B6 in your diet eat chicken, potatoes, bananas and chickpeas. To add more B12 to your diet eat more meats like turkey and lamb and for seafood eat steamed clams and sardines.
Researchers are now tossing around in a substance that is natural acetyl-L-carnitine which looks like the amino acids found in dairy foods, red meats, eggs, and kidney beans. This helps direct the fat to brain cells and may not let the disease get worse faster.
A British research examined and gathered together all the studies on acetyl-L-carnitine that had to do with some cognitive impairment and people who were in the stages of early Alzheimer’s. and said the substance has a “beneficial effect” after taking it for 3 months and as the time goes on it gets even better.
Besides cancer and heart disease, Alzheimer’s can also be prevented with a Mediterranean diet. This diet is full of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish and unsaturated fats that are like olive oil. Columbia University in New York City followed the eating habits of 2,258 people along with the cognitive actions and found that after 4 years people who followed the Mediterranean diet had 40% less chance of getting Alzheimer’s as opposed to those whose diets were leas5t like the Mediterranean Diet.