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Solving the Puzzle of Alzheimer’s Nutrition-How to Help with Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease of the brain causing irreversible loss of cognitive functioning and memory, those who have experienced fist hand what it is like to help with Alzheimer’s know that the disease is very debilitating.  There is currently no cure for this devastating disease. There are several factors that lead to Alzheimer’s disease including; age, genetics, and nutrition.  Of course not much can be done about the first two predisposing factors, so it’s vital to learn as much as possible about the Alzheimer’s diet in order to promote Alzheimer’s prevention.  But is there a credible source of information (based on solid research) to learn more about how to help with Alzheimer’s disease in a family member or friend?

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How to Help With Alzheimer’s Disease 

The good news is that according to recent research, a brain healthy diet may prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.  Nutrition recommended for Alzheimer’s disease includes many of the foods recommended on a heart healthy diet.  This includes a good balance of nutrients including a diet low in saturated fat, and the right balance of brain healthy protein rich foods with healthy fatty acids- such as nuts and fresh water fish.  It also includes healthy low glycemic load carbohydrates such as oatmeal and legumes-high in fiber.  An adequate daily intake of antioxidants is also recommended as part of the Alzheimer’s diet, in order to help combat the negative results of oxidative stress in the brain.  Oxidative stress is thought to lead to amyloid plaques which are abnormal structures that kill healthy nerve tissue in the brain.

 A brain healthy diet is potentiated by adequate levels of physical activity as well mental stimulation and plenty of healthy social interaction.

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Research

Managing your overall body weight also promotes Alzheimer’s nutrition, in fact one long term study of 1500 adults found that those who were obese had twice the likeliness of developing dementia later in life.  Those individuals in the study with both high blood pressure and high cholesterol were as many as 6 times more likely to end up with dementia.  

Studies have indicated that foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol are associated with a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease.  On the other hand good cholesterol (also called HDL) was found to promote brain health and protect the nerve cells in the brain. 

Another study showed that elderly women who ate the most green, leafy and cruciferous vegetables (of the mustard family: such as mustard greens; cabbage; broccoli; cauliflower; Brussels sprouts) exhibited mental functioning which was considered 1 to 2 years younger than those in the study who ate less vegetables.

According to the Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention book written by Richard S. Isaacson, M.D.   “A new mathematical model of risk factors for AD suggested that reducing lifestyle-based behaviors (like those discussed in the Alzheimer’s diet book) by 25% could potentially prevent millions of AD cases throughout the world, and almost 500,000 in the United States (Barnesand colleagues).”

Recommended Foods for Alzheimer’s Nutrition

In general, dark-skinned fruits and vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli, corn, red pepper, and eggplant have the highest levels of naturally occurring antioxidants.  Fruits that promote brain health which are considered Alzheimer’s remedies include; prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries.

When it comes to protein and healthy fatty acids, salmon, mackerel, halibut, and wild caught tuna are all on the healthy brain food list.

Nuts are also a source of healthy fatty acids including almonds, pecans, and walnuts all which are a great source of the antioxidant-vitamin E.

Book Signing By Authors of The Alzheimer’s Diet

If you are looking for cutting edge information with the latest in diet and nutrition for Alzheimer’s prevention, as well as the latest research about the disease and treatment, consider purchasing “The Alzheimer’s Diet” a book by Dr. Richard Isaacson and Christopher N. Ochner, PH.D.  

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In Conclusion

In the Alzheimer’s diet book written by Richard S. Isaacson, M.D. and Christopher N. Ochner, Ph.D., a strategic 9 week plan for implementing brain healthy foods while eliminating foods that are not recommended for help with Alzheimer’s nutrition.  The Alzheimer’s book was written as part of a flexible eating plan designed to slowly integrate foods for Alzheimer’s on a daily basis.  Why not pick up a copy today and join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease?

 

 

 

 

For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit theadplan.com to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

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