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Why Strawberries Should be Part of a Healthy Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Friday, August 4th, 2017

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Some foods, such as strawberries should be part of a healthy Alzheimer’s diet every day, why?  Because new studies reveal that a compound found in strawberries could help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  This natural compound that is present in strawberries and some vegetables may prevent AD, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases-says a new research study.

In fact, a recent mouse model study conducted by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA, examined aging results after administration of a compound called “fisetin” (a flavanol antioxidant present in many fruits and vegetables including strawberries).  The study concluded that a reduction of cognitive decline and inflammation of the brain resulted from fisetin supplementation.  

Fisetin is present in various fruits and vegetables including onions, grapes, cucumbers, apples, persimmons and strawberries. Studies show that this natural compound not only acts as a coloring agent for fruits and vegetables, it also has a high level of antioxidant (flavanol) properties.  Flavanols help to prevent the damage to cells caused by free radicals.  Inflammation may also be reduced from fisetin.

Pamela Maher, senior study author at the Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory at Salk, recently reported results of the study in The Journals of Gerontology. Included in the report was the results of fisetin, in clinical studies, on brain cells, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which could protect the brain against the negative effects aging. 

The Study

The mice study involved a group of prematurely aging mice given fisetin does with their food for 7 months.  The control group had the same food, without the fisetin supplement.  Each group of mice was then given a variety of memory tests.  Other responses were monitored in the mice, including protein levels (associated with inflammation, brain function and the stress response).

“At 10 months, the differences between these two groups were striking. Mice not treated with fisetin had difficulties with all the cognitive tests as well as elevated markers of stress and inflammation. Brain cells called astrocytes and microglia, which are normally anti-inflammatory, were now driving rampant inflammation. Mice treated with fisetin, on the other hand, were not noticeably different in behavior, cognitive ability or inflammatory markers at 10 months than a group of untreated 3-month-old mice with the same condition,” lead researcher Dr. Pamela Maher told Sci-News.com.

“Mice are not people, of course. But there are enough similarities that we think fisetin warrants a closer look, not only for potentially treating sporadic AD but also for reducing some of the cognitive effects associated with aging, generally…Based on our ongoing work, we think fisetin might be helpful as a preventative for many age-associated neurodegenerative diseases, not just AD, and we’d like to encourage more rigorous study of it,” Dr. Maher added.

Tips on Preserving Strawberries

Now that the strawberry season is upon us, learning how to successfully preserve the delicious red berries for as long as possible.  Here are three quick tips for preserving strawberries year round:

  • Keep the stems on until you are ready to eat them
  • Don’t wash the strawberries until you are ready to eat them (water makes them mushy)
  • Examine the berries for any moldy berries and toss them out right away, one bad berry can quickly spoil the rest.
  • Store berries in the refrigerator if you are going to wait a few days to eat them.

How to Freeze Strawberries

If you have more berries than you can eat, consider freezing them.  Although frozen produce do not retain 100% of their nutrients, some nutrients can be retained.  The berries will become soft and juice from freezing and thawing, so consider using the berries in smoothies or even shortcake. Steps for freezing the berries:

  • Rinse berries in cold water
  • Place the berries on a towel to dry
  • Hull berries and remove any damaged parts
  • Tops are edible, if you are using them in smoothies it’s okay to leave the tops on (they have vitamins and minerals as well as ellegic acid)
  • Place strawberries on a sheet pan and cover in parchment paper, freeze them and then vacuum seal the next day. 

Learn more about the Alzheimer’s diet by CLICKING HERE to view the groundbreaking book, The Alzheimer’s Treatment and Prevention Diet book, written by Harvard trained neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson.

 

 

 

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Clinical Studies say Turmeric May Help with Alzheimer’s Prevention

Posted by on Sunday, July 30th, 2017

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Turmeric (curcumin, or curcuma longa) is an Indian spice that is thought to help promote Alzheimer’s prevention.  It was discovered when scientists realized that the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is much lower in India than it is in Western cultures. In fact, several studies found that the prevalence of AD in India was as 4.4 times lower in adults (aged 70 to 79) than in the United States.   So, researchers began to look at the diet people in India were eating.  They found that people who ate curry (with curcumin as the primary spice) more often performed better on standard memory tests and cognitive functioning tests than those who did not have curry in their diet regularly.

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Best Breakfast Foods for the Alzheimer’s Prevention Diet (Part 2)

Posted by on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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So what does the research say about the best foods for the Alzheimer’s prevention diet?  Continue reading to find out.

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Studies Say Eat These Foods for a Healthy Alzheimer’s Diet Breakfast

Posted by on Monday, July 10th, 2017

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One of the biggest challenges in implementing the Alzheimer’s Diet may perhaps be eating a healthy breakfast every day, particularly if you are on the road.

The most common foods in the Western diet include quick carbohydrates such as muffins, toast, prepackaged cereals, and high sugar quick instant breakfast drinks (loaded with unwanted sugar and unhealthy fats).  Check in to just about any motel in America that offers free breakfast, and you’ll find an array of unhealthy food items such as waffles and cereal, bagels, muffins, toast with jelly and more.  Trying to find healthy breakfast items when you are traveling can be a real challenge, but at home it gets easier. See why these breakfast foods are recommended for the Alzheimer’s diet.  

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New Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Shows Promise for the Future of Alzheimer’s Treatment

Posted by on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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A new drug for Alzheimer’s disease has recently been unveiled.  Many are calling it a “revolutionary” new drug because it shows promise for slowing the rate of progression of the disease.

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The Impact of the Finger Study on Alzheimer’s Prevention

Posted by on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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 The FINGER study was a 2-year study involving evaluation of the effect of diet, exercise, cognitive training, and vascular risk on seniors with cognitive decline.  It was considered by experts to be a landmark study.  Just what did scientists discover as a result of the FINGER study and why is it so important to the future of Alzheimer’s prevention?

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Why Eat Nuts and Seeds as Part of a Healthy Alzheimer’s Diet?

Posted by on Friday, June 16th, 2017

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There’s been a lot of hype these days about antioxidants for the Alzheimer’s diet.  Nuts and Seeds (such as almonds and sunflower seeds) are foods that contain some of the highest levels of a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E.

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Is There a Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Disease

Posted by on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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A recent study has shown a link between the abnormal protein that causes damage to neurons in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s (PD) and Huntington’s disease  (HD).  The protein is called amyloid.

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The Paleo Diet: Should it Really be Left to Cavemen or is it an Option for Alzheimer’s Prevention?

Posted by on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

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There are many claims to fame when it comes to new diets popping up in today’s world of health and nutrition seekers.  Today’s diet fads include everything from the vegan diet to the MIND and Zone diets.  One such popular, so called healthy eating plan is the Paleo Diet, commonly known as the “Caveman Diet.” There are many questions about the Paleo diet, including, just what, exactly is on the menu, is it really what the cavemen ate, and is Paleo considered a healthy Alzheimer’s prevention diet?

The Diet’s Origins

The Paleo diet is said to mimic the eating patterns of our ancient ancestors during the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age period.  This historical time frame occurred approximately two and a half million years ago, when the first humans, who made stone tools, walked the earth.  The Paleo diet gets its name from foods that presumably were eaten by cavemen back in the Paleolithic era.  The food on the Paleo diet, intended to help dieters get in touch with their ancestral roots, includes meat, eggs, fish, fruit, nuts vegetables and other natural unprocessed foods.  Milk and dairy products are prohibited on the Paleo diet because cave men are said to have been intolerant of lactose.  Other foods that are prohibited on the Paleo diet include: legumes, cereal, grains, refined sugar and all processed foods (so essentially, no potato chips, pop, crackers, cereal, macaroni, pasta or any other prepacked prepared foods).   But, did our stone aged ancestors really eat the same foods recommended on today’s Paleo diet?

Available Foods on the Ancient Paleo Diet

The answer is an emphatic “not really.”  First off, let’s get clear on who these early humans were and how they lived.  Were cavemen considered fit? If you consider the average lifespan of 20 years old to be healthy, then perhaps.  The people in the Paleolithic times ate just about anything they could scrounge up, including grubs, nettles and even armadillos-according to National Geographic.  Vegetables that were accessible back in prehistoric times included plants such as cattails and ferns.  Nuts, fruits and vegetables, most likely included some varieties of modern day food, but historians are in dispute about what, exactly was available for food sources.    Many experts hypothesize that ancient day vegetables included, small tomatoes and potatoes (the size of berries), spiny sea urchins, prickly bitter lettuce, tough, curly sea kale (that grew along the coastal areas), starchy, hard peas, and tiny carrots.  Beans were thought to be lined with toxins (thus, no legumes are allowed on the Paleo diet).  Most of the meat eaten in the days of our Paleolithic ancestors included much smaller, less plump versions of today’s protein sources of meat.  Paleolithic fruit included apples, dates, figs, plums, pears, and grapes. Although smaller and a bit tarter than today’s variety of fruit, (unlike the vegetables in historic times) it was identifiable as fruit. As time passed, human selection made fruit species larger and sweeter than that of our ancestors.

Evolution of the Human Digestive System

Quote from National Geographic: “The notion that we stopped evolving in the Paleolithic period simply isn’t true. Our teeth, jaws, and faces have gotten smaller, and our DNA has changed since the invention of agriculture. “Are humans still evolving? Yes!” says geneticist Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania.

“One striking piece of evidence is lactose tolerance. All humans digest mother’s milk as infants, but until cattle began being domesticated 10,000 years ago, weaned children no longer needed to digest milk. As a result, they stopped making the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose into simple sugars. After humans began herding cattle, it became tremendously advantageous to digest milk, and lactose tolerance evolved independently among cattle herders in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Groups not dependent on cattle, such as the Chinese and Thai, the Pima Indians of the American Southwest, and the Bantu of West Africa, remain lactose intolerant,” according to the National Geographic. 

Conclusion

 So, although it may seem to make perfect sense to eat like we did ten thousand years ago, before you get started eliminating healthy whole grains and healthy legumes from your brain healthy Alzheimer’s prevention diet, keep in mind that today’s Paleo diet is a far cry from the food on the menu of our ancient ancestors.

Learn more about the Alzheimer’s diet by CLICKING HERE to get your copy of Alzheimer’s Treatment and Prevention, written by a Harvard trained neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson.

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New Study Reveals Diet Beverages may Increase Risk of Stroke & Alzheimer’s Dementia

Posted by on Monday, May 15th, 2017

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The long term  risk of ingesting  loads of  sugary foods and beverages is a pretty commonly known these days, but a new study says diet drinks may be even more dangerous when it comes to Alzheimer’s dementia.   Sugar laden and diet soda drinks have been an integral part of American culture for decades.  These types of drinks have become commonplace at parties, picnics, family get togethers, holidays and more. But today, medical science is proving just why sugar laden as well as diet soft drinks should be eliminated from the diet all together. 

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