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Food for Thought: Are Medical Foods like Axona Recommended for Alzheimers?

Posted by on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Several nutritional strategies are the new claim to fame when it comes to improving symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and also for Alzheimers prevention. When it comes to the comprehensive approach to a person with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, using a medical food for the clinical dietary management of AD is now an option. The newest available choice is called Axona and this is currently available by prescription from a physician, and may be used in combination with currently available FDA-approved drugs.  To learn more about Axona, read this blog post, but in brief, it is supplied as a powder that is mixed with a liquid and consumed after a big meal (breakfast or lunch) once each day. To read more about the differences between medical foods, drugs (or medications), and supplements for AD, read Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide.  Axona, which contains caprylic triglyceride, is a medium-chain triglyceride that is broken down by the liver into ketone bodies. Ketone bodies can be used by the brain as an alternative fuel source to glucose, which is the brain’s usual energy supply. It has been known for some time that the brains of patients with AD have a decreased ability to use glucose, and thus ketone bodies may improve cognitive function. Based on the initial study (Henderson, 2009), Axona has been shown to have a positive effect on memory and thinking skills in a specific group of patients (depends on genetic factors). Even more recent evidence shows that roughly 13% of APOE4 negative patients may have a dramatic increase in cognitive functioning (also most likely attributable to genetic factors). An ongoing clinical trial will further study Axona, click here for more details.

Another medical food that is sometimes prescribed by physicians is called Cerefolin, which provides the body with B12, folate, and antioxidants in an effort to assist in eliminating oxidative stress.  While many doctors have suggested this to their patients with memory loss, there is less data to support its effectiveness. That being said, there has been significant research on using these types of vitamins for brain health and much of this evidence is convincing (for example, B-vitamins slowing shrinkage of the memory centers of the brain). It is always suggested to have a discussion with the treating physician regarding medical foods for Alzheimer’s disease as a component of an Alzheimers diet and proper Alzheimers nutrition.

Supplements in the Alzheimer's Diet

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Visceral Fat May Work Against the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Thursday, February 21st, 2013

As if we don’t have enough reasons to work off those extra pounds, new research reveals that excess weight, particularly the type of fat stored deep in the abdomen, (called visceral fat) can cause chronic inflammation in the body.   So what does this have to do with Alzheimer’s prevention and are there any types of foods we should be eating to help promote weight loss and maintain a healthy Alzheimer’s diet?

chart of visceral fat to lose in the Alzheimer's diet

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Nutritional Prevention for Alzheimer’s Disease – A Topic Gone Viral

Posted by on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

In recent years, public interest in nutrition and adopting a healthy lifestyle as a preventative measure to fight against disease has certainly grown. Along with growing interest, scientific evidence is more available than ever before to back up theories about disease prevention and diet. The growing number of consumers looking for information on Alzheimer’s and diet is evidenced by numerous top selling books written by medical experts such as; The Alzheimer’s Diet by Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson and nutrition expert, Dr. Christopher Ochner,  Power Foods for the Brain by Dr. Neal Barnard, and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook by Dr. Marwan Sabbagh and Beau MacMillan.

These new dietary and nutrition resources are presenting new hope for those concerned about and affected by memory loss, as people are starting to realize that certain power foods can protect the brain, optimize memory function, and even prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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Myth Busters Regarding Healthy Oils for Alzheimers Nutrition

Posted by on Saturday, February 16th, 2013

There are several myths regarding which type of cooking oil is best for the brain for those who are adhering to a healthy Alzheimer’s nutrition diet. It’s important to separate the myths from the truth to ensure that the brain healthy foods you are eating are prepared with cooking oil that promotes health as well.  As we age we don’t need as many calories.  Since oil is very high in caloric content, it’s important to make sure you are getting optimal benefits from the type of oil you cook with.  But how do we break through the myths to find out just what type of cooking oil really is best?

 

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Great Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Your Loved One at any Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by on Friday, February 8th, 2013


If you are giving a Valentine’s gift to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease this year, you may be wondering which gift will be helpful – clearly Valentine candy is not the best choice. Depending on the stage of Alzheimer’s your family member or friend is experiencing, there are some great ideas for fun products that can really help with some of the daily struggles of this disease.  But there is one gift that can’t be beat!

 

Most Popular Gifts for Valentines Day for Alzheimer's Patients

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Improve Brain Health With These Top Apps

Posted by on Monday, December 24th, 2012

Tablets are the big gift item this year, with the iPad and Kindle leading the pack. If you find yourself with a new tablet this holiday season, you will find they can be great tools for keeping your brain healthy. We have some suggestions for ways to use them to exercise your brain and monitor your nutrition and overall health.

 

Alzheimer's Nutrition Using Brain Healthy Apps

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Sundowning: What Is It And How Do You Prevent It?

Posted by on Friday, December 21st, 2012

December 21, 2012 and the end of the Mayan Calendar has been discussed at length over the past several years, with many people believing that doom and gloom are going to descend upon us that day. But, each year when December 21st rolls around, we always think of the winter solstice and try to focus on something positive – the days are going to start getting longer.

Reduce Symptoms of Sundowning Through Diet and Daily Habits

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An Alzheimer’s Gift Guide for Last Minute Shoppers

Posted by on Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Gift giving can be a challenge for Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones alike. Loved ones want to be sure to give gifts that are appropriate and useful for those suffering from dementia, so we’ve put together a list to help last minute shoppers find gifts for friends or relatives with Alzheimer’s.

 

Gifts For Alzheimer's

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Black Friday Shopping for Products to Help Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Black Friday Shopping for Alzheimer's Nutrition

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With Black Friday on the horizon, it is a good time to consider picking up a few tools that can help you create simple, delicious, and nutritious meals at home. We’ve found a few items that can help you set up a nutritional base in your kitchen, all in the name of Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment.

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