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Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

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By Jennifer Lynn October 11, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

 

Among the elderly, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who discovered specific changes in the brain tissue accompanied by memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death and usually occurs among those 65+.

Regular Exercise

Physical exercise is not just for the body. Moving around actually improves brain function; regular exercise may improve memory and thinking. According to a research study that tracked movement: “If a person had a low overall physical activity, they had a faster rate of cognitive decline. People with low activity were more likely to develop [Alzheimer’s disease]. Compared to those with high rates of activity, the risk of developing AD was two times higher.”

Proper Nutrition

Alzheimer’s research reveals that a specific type of healthy fat known as omega-3 is beneficial for the brain: “One of the key strategies of an Alzheimer’s prevention program involves healthy brain nutrition. A diet rich in antioxidant fruits and vegetables, omega-3 fats from fish and nuts, and whole grains will strengthen brain cells and protect the body from diabetes, which studies now show doubles the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”

Include vegetables, fruits and nuts in the diet, and limit how often you eat red meat. In the Columbia University study, “more than 2000 people age 65 and older found a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease in the volunteers who ate a greater amount of nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, vegetables and fruits, and a lesser amount of high-fat dairy products, red meat and butter.”

Supplement the Diet

In addition to eating healthy, there are some great dietary supplements. Featured in Dr. Oz’s video, taking 600 milligrams of DHA, a specific type of omega-3, can help memory and support the aging brain.

Low levels of vitamin D are associated with cognitive impairment. Since such deficiencies are easy to acquire, taking a vitamin D supplement is a good idea. This can help ensure that vitamin D levels are met and help improve brain health.

Also essential for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, antioxidants like those found in fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and cranberries have been shown in studies to improve cognitive function. Additionally, antioxidants help protect the lipids found in brain cells that are important for cell function.

Watch Your Blood Sugar 

Since elevated blood sugar increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, if you are diabetic, try to avoid foods that spike the blood sugar. It is better to have small, frequent meals rather than large ones. “Eating at regular intervals helps to maintain consistent blood-sugar levels. Also avoid refined carbohydrates high in sugar and white flour, which rapidly spike glucose levels and inflame your brain.”

Additionally, simple activities like switching hands to brush your hair can help improve your brain health. Find ways to challenge your brain or become more active! 

Res-Q's Omega-3 Supplements

Res-Q 1250+ provides the omega-3 fatty acids DHA & EPA, and vitamin D. Res-Q 1250+ supports brain health and is intended to supplement the diet. It contains more DHA per capsule than most fish-oil supplements. DHA helps support brain and eye health; vitamin D is important for brain and bone health.

References:

Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet

Alzheimer's Risk Factors and Prevention

Preventing Alzheimer disease with exercise

Foods and Spices to Bolster Brain Health 

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