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The Benefits of Juicing for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Posted by on Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Eating right is not only a good way to stay healthy today, but also an important factor in avoiding disease in the future.  Antioxidants can provide a potent source of protection against a wide variety of diseases including heart disease, adult onset diabetes, and most importantly- Alzheimer’s disease.  But how can you maximize the benefits of antioxidants for Alzheimer’s prevention without having to eat everything but the kitchen sink?

Benfefits of Juicing for Alzheimer's prevention

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While many people may believe that Alzheimer’s is not a disease to worry too much about, today’s statistics tell a different story.  An estimated 35 million people suffer from the disease.  In the next 20 years it is estimated that the number suffering will nearly double.  So it is imperative to start healthy eating habits now to prevent future problems. 

Research

 A study in the Netherlands discovered that the intake of antioxidants can potentially reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.  Deemed the Rotterdam Study, researchers studied a population base model and followed 5,395 participants who did not have any signs of cognitive disorders. The diets of all the participants were monitored, particularly those who were getting high doses of Vitamin C and E, which have been associated with a reduction in Alzheimer’s risk. After six years the researchers followed up with the participants to see what the results would be.  The results turned out revealing that 197 participants developed dementia and 146 developed Alzheimer’s disease.  After the researchers looked at all the lifestyles of the participants and accounted for things like body mass, smoking, supplementation, etc. it was discovered that the intake of Vitamins C and E in high quantities lowered the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.  The prevailing theory based on the study is that oxidative stress can lead to cognitive problems, and this oxidation can be fought with the introduction of antioxidants. 

Vitamin C in Alzheimer's prevention

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Vitamin E in Alzheimer's Diet

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Another similar study was conducted with 4,470 men and women who were 65 or older and lived in Utah.  A researcher from John Hopkins University questioned the participants on their dietary habits, focusing on the consumption of the two powerful antioxidants, Vitamin C and E.  What they discovered after their statistical analysis came back was that these vitamins in conjunction offered protection against Alzheimer’s disease.  The researchers recommended doses of 400-1000 IUs of vitamin E and 500-1,500 milligrams of vitamin C to get the best results for alzheimer’s prevention.  

Why Juice for Alzheimer’s Prevention?

Benefits of juicing for Alzheimer's prevention

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But how can people get this level of antioxidants into their system?   Eating fruits and vegetables is one way, but another great option is juicing, which offers a convenient way to get high concentration levels of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.  Vegetables such as spinach, tomatoes, broccoli and carrots are all good choices to juice, as are apples, oranges, grapes, and pomegranates, which  are all great choices when it comes to Alzheimer’s prevention.    One benefit of juicing is that you can actually combine vegetables and fruits together and have an antioxidant packed drink to take with you as you begin your busy day.

Juicing Recipes for Alzheimer’s Prevention

 You can go out and buy a juicer, which can make things easier, or you can just start with a blender.  For apples and other fruits with a skin, just throw the whole thing in there.  Of course remove stems and seeds, but apple skins have lots of nutrients in them that you would miss out on if you peeled them.  The sweetness from the fruits will temper the vegetable taste you might get.  For a simple recipe try 2 apples, an orange (remove the peel on this one), a half cup of spinach and a cup of yogurt.  Then add  some agave nectar to taste.  As a benefit of juicing, you will end up with an antioxidant packed delicious tasting treat that can help provide Alzheimer’s prevention all day long. 

In Conclusion

Keep in mind that even with juicing you still want to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle including exercise and stress reduction.  But the antioxidant intake from juicing can be extraordinary,  and will fight off Alzheimer’s disease even for those with a very busy lifestyle on the go. To learn more about how to integrate antioxidants into your daily diet to help with Alzheimer’s, order your copy of “The Alzheimer’s Diet” book written by Harvard trained neurologist Richard Isaacson today.

 

 

 

 

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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