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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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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.

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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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Healthy Tips for Maintaining the Alzheimer’s Diet over The Easter Holiday

Posted by on Monday, March 25th, 2013

With the Easter holiday coming up, many people will be faced with a lot of temptation when it comes to  unhealthy candy and other sugar laden foods which are NOT recommended as part of the Alzheimer’s diet.  Easter baskets are commonly jam packed with chocolate bunnies and refined sugar candy eggs.  Not to mention the pasta, sugary desserts,  potatoes and gravy, and other saturated fatty foods often served as part of a traditional Easter dinner.    Is there a way to stick to eating brain healthy snacks and foods when surrounded by so many unhealthy food choices during the Easter holiday season?

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Can Red Berries Help with Alzheimer’s Prevention?

Posted by on Friday, March 22nd, 2013

If you were offered a magic pill that could help you lose weight, feel satisfied, and help with Alzheimer’s disease, it would be a no-brainer right? So what if this “magic pill” actually tasted great as well?  Well you don’t have to visit your doctor for this special treatment; you simply need to go shopping at the produce isle of your local grocery store.  Many people already know that bright colored fruit is loaded with antioxidants which have been shown to slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, but what if something as delicious as strawberries or blueberries could help with Alzheimer’s prevention?

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