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What you Need to Know About Fish Oil & Omega 3s to Help With Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by on Sunday, January 26th, 2014

There is a lot of discussion today about how (and which) Omega-3s can have positive effects on the brain and promote cognitive health. Specifically, these have been touted as a way to slow the onset of memory loss, and reduce risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.  Does the truth live up to the hype?  If so, what type of fish oil is best, and are supplements enough to help with Alzheimer’s? 

From Confusion to Clarity

The #1 take home point with Omega’s 3s (also referred to as a “Omega 3 fatty acids”) is that not all of the different types are created equal in terms of potential for protecting brain health. As discussed in detail in The Alzheimer’s Diet book, there are several types of Omega-3s, with DHA having the most evidence for brain protection, followed by EPA. Another new study was recently published that again supports this. Another common form of Omega 3 is called ALA, but the problem with ALA is that only a very small percentage actually gets later converted in the body to the brain-boosting forms (DHA and EPA). Complicating things, a recent study showed an association between DHA and prostate cancer in men, yet the American Nutrition Association (as well as many experts) state that the overall benefits likely outweigh risk. Before considering any changes to ones diet or before considering starting a supplement, people should always discuss first and seek approval by their treating physician.  For a specialized opinion, scheduling a consultation with the Alzheimer’s Prevention & Treatment Program at New York Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center in NYC  is also an option.

Another important point that leads to a lot of confusion is that a lot of people use the terms “Fish Oil” and “Omega-3s” interchangeably. Fish oil comes from fish and can be supplemented in the diet in capsule form, but each capsule has different amounts of DHA, EPA, ALA etc. Many people also don’t realize that Omega 3 fatty acids are plentiful in certain types of fish, and the fish actually get these brain-healthy fatty acids from eating algae. There are even very specific types of Omega 3 supplements that are DIRECTLY from algae, rich in DHA, and have been studied specifically in patients with the earliest stages of AD.  These studies showed slowing of cognitive decline and improvements in memory. To learn more about this topic, as well as which types of fish may be most beneficial, and to read an overview of all the evidence and other specific dietary choices for Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment, read The Alzheimer’s Diet book.

Research

Research is being done regarding the effect of fish oil when it comes to the Alzheimer’s disease prevention and treatment.  Read below for more details.

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Is it Normal Memory Loss, or Alzheimer’s? Memory Boosting Foods for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Many of us have wondered from time to time about whether small memory lapses are just part of the ‘normal’ aging process, or could be something more like the earliest signs of mild cognitive impairment (called MCI), which is the first apparent stage of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  On August 1, 2013, researchers at Vanderbilt University published evidence that cognitive complaints may be predictive of an AD diagnosis in the years to come.  What is the difference between normal memory loss and early cognitive impairment in AD? Click here to watch an interview on the Today Show with Kathie Lee, Hoda and Dr. Isaacson, Co-Author of The Alzheimer’s Diet and Author of Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient & Family Guide, or to learn more, read below. Remember that AD actually starts in the brain 20-30 years before the first signs of memory loss, leaving ample time to try several low-risk interventions (watch this video for the latest info). If you or a loved one has any signs of memory loss, get educated, get informed, and see a qualified healthcare professional for an evaluation.

Just because one is getting older does not mean that he or she will automatically develop dementia! AD is not inevitable, but remember that there are some changes in cognition that occur “normally” with age. This condition is called age-associated cognitive impairment. Symptoms may include intermittent memory loss, word-finding difficulties, and slowing of the speed of thinking. When cognitive changes are isolated to difficulties with memory, this condition is sometimes referred to as age-related memory loss.

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Lifestyle Changes can Mean Life or Death When it Comes to Alzheimer’s Prevention

Posted by on Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Alzheimer’s disease is currently the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. The disease affects more than 5 million people, and that number continues to grow.  Not only is Alzheimer’s a debilitating disease, it is also fatal.  As discussed in the new Alzheimer’s diet book, what can you do today to avoid becoming part of the growing statistics and join the fight in Alzheimer’s prevention? 

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To “B” or not to “B”- What you Should Know About Vitamin B and the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Friday, May 24th, 2013

A study published on May 20, 2013 in the top-tier journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that vitamins B6 and B12 combined with folic acid slowed shrinkage of gray matter in brain areas affected by Alzheimer’s disease. “These vitamins, in combination with a comprehensive management plan to improve and protect memory loss, is essential for AD management in 2013″ comments Dr. Richard Isaacson, Harvard-trained Neurologist and co-author of the best-selling new Alzheimer’s Diet book (with Columbia-trained nutrition expert Dr. Ochner), and author of the new book Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient & Family Guide.  This is the latest of a steady drumbeat of research that suggests diet, exercise and socializing remain patients’ best hope (click here to read the Bloomberg article to learn more).

With so much information bombarding us every day through TV commercials, the internet, apps, and more, it’s difficult to sort through it all when it comes to what’s best for our health. When it comes to vitamins, there is some exciting news; but how do vitamins work in Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment and which are recommended for the Alzheimers diet?

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How Diet and Exercise Work Together to Help with Alzheimer’s Prevention

Posted by on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Alzheimer’s remains one of the most dreaded diseases in America, and for good reason.  Not only is this disorder debilitating and fatal, but in recent years it is really on the rise.  So what can you do, if anything, to prevent Alzheimer’s devastating effects your life and those around you as you age?  Well it turns out there are some things you can do that may just help with Alzheimer’s prevention that could make the Golden Years a little more golden!

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Uncover the Truth about Whole Grains for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Monday, April 1st, 2013

When we mentioned in an early article that food labels can be deceiving, we were not kidding!  But now let’s delve deeper and see if we can break the hidden code when it comes to whole grains and food labels for the Alzheimer’s diet.  Is there really a way to discover just how many grams of whole grains a product has without taking it to the food lab for analysis?

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Alzheimer’s Prevention is Music to Your Ears-How Music can Help with Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Friday, March 29th, 2013

The power of music to heal has been known for centuries, but only in the last few years has this principle has been tested in a lab to prove whether or not it’s really true.  Researchers are currently using music therapy to treat various aspects of cognitive degeneration and most importantly to help with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Is Alzheimer’s Prevention Possible or is the Disease a Genetic Time Bomb?

Posted by on Thursday, March 28th, 2013

One question many people have been asking for some time is whether Alzheimer’s disease is inherited from our parents or if we bring the disease upon ourselves through poor lifestyle choices.  This debate is currently raging in the medical science community as researchers scramble to solve one of today’s most pressing medical mysteries.   In other words; is Alzheimer’s prevention really possible?

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Get Plenty of ZZZZZ’s For Alzheimer’s Prevention- Does Melatonin Help With Alzheimer’s?

Posted by on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

When it comes to Alzheimer’s prevention, getting enough quality sleep every night is certainly at the top of the list when it comes to self-care priorities. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, new studies indicate that difficulty sleeping may end up causing memory problems as we grow older. So what can you do to promote a restful night’s sleep while adhering to the Alzheimer’s diet?

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Hale to Kale! Can Green Leafy Vegetables Help with Alzheimer’s?

Posted by on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

It is estimated that nearly 5.4 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease today and as the numbers continue to climb, so does the need to do more medical research to find a cure.  One thing scientists are pointing to more and more is the fact that certain nutrients, such as those found in dark green leafy vegetables, are shown to help with Alzheimer’s prevention.  If you are one who really loves green vegetables, you’ll be happy to learn just what researchers are finding out about green leafy vegetables and Alzheimer’s prevention.

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