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Old 09-02-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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Interesting Food To Prevent Alzheimer’s???

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Food for Thought, to prevent Alzheimer’s

“The idea that Alzheimer’s is entirely genetic and unpreventable is perhaps the greatest misconception about the disease,” says Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Center on Aging.

Researchers now know that Alzheimer’s like heart disease and cancer, develops over decades and can be influenced by lifestyle factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, depression, education, nutrition, sleep and mental, physical and social activity.

The big news:
Mountains of research reveals that simple things you do every day might cut your odds of losing your mind to Alzheimer’s.

In search of scientific ways to delay and outlive Alzheimer’s and other dementias, I tracked down thousands of studies and interviewed dozens of experts. The results in a new book: 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss (Little, Brown; $19.99). (use the amazon link on our index page to give us credit)

Here are 10 strategies I found most surprising.

1. Have coffee.
In an amazing flip-flop, coffee is the new brain tonic. A large European study showed that drinking three to five cups of coffee a day in midlife cut Alzheimer’s risk 65% in late life. University of South Florida researcher Gary Arendash credits caffeine: He says it reduces dementia-causing amyloid in animal brains. Others credit coffee’s antioxidants. So drink up, Arendash advises, unless your doctor says you shouldn’t.

2. Floss.
Oddly, the health of your teeth and gums can help predict dementia. University of Southern California research found that having periodontal disease before age 35 quadrupled the odds of dementia years later. Older people with tooth and gum disease score lower on memory and cognition tests, other studies show. Experts speculate that inflammation in diseased mouths migrates to the brain.

3. Be a “Googler”.
Doing an online search can stimulate your aging brain even more than reading a book, says UCLA’s Gary Small, who used brain MRIs to prove it. The biggest surprise: Novice Internet surfers, ages 55 to 78, activated key memory and learning centers in the brain after only a week of Web surfing for an hour a day.

4. Grow new brain cells.
Impossible, scientists used to say. Now it’s believed that thousands of brain cells are born daily. The trick is to keep the newborns alive. What works: aerobic exercise (such as a brisk 30-minute walk every day), strenuous mental activity, eating salmon and other fatty fish, and avoiding obesity, chronic stress, sleep deprivation, heavy drinking and vitamin B deficiency.

5. Drink apple juice.
Apple juice can push production of the “memory chemical” acetylcholine; that’s the way the popular Alzheimer’s drug Aricept works, says Thomas Shea, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts . He was surprised that old mice given apple juice did better on learning and memory tests than mice that received water. A dose for humans: 16 ounces, or two to three apples a day.

6. Protect your head.
Blows to the head, even mild ones early in life, increase odds of dementia years later. Pro football players have 19 times the typical rate of memory-related diseases. Alzheimer’s is four times more common in elderly who suffer a head injury, Columbia University finds. Accidental falls doubled an older person’s odds of dementia five years later in another study. Wear seat belts and helmets, fall-proof your house, and don’t take risks.

7. Meditate.
Brain scans show that people who meditate regularly have less cognitive decline and brain shrinkage – a classic sign of Alzheimer’s – as they age. Andrew Newberg of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine says yoga meditation of 12 minutes a day for two months improved blood flow and cognitive functioning in seniors with memory problems.

8. Take D.
A “severe deficiency” of vitamin D boosts older Americans’ risk of cognitive impairment 394%, an alarming study by England ‘s University of Exeter finds. And most Americans lack vitamin D. Experts recommend a daily dose of 800 IU to 2,000 IU of vitamin D3.

9. Fill your brain.
It‘s called “cognitive reserve.” A rich accumulation of life experiences – education, marriage, socializing, a stimulating job, language skills, having a purpose in life, physical activity and mentally demanding leisure activities – makes your brain better able to tolerate plaques and tangles. You can even have significant Alzheimer’s pathology and no symptoms of dementia if you have high cognitive reserve, says David Bennett, M.D., of Chicago ‘s Rush University Medical Center .

10. Avoid infection.
Astonishing new evidence ties Alzheimer’s to cold sores, gastric ulcers, Lyme disease, pneumonia and the flu. Ruth Itzhaki, Ph.D., of the University of Manchester in England estimates the cold-sore herpes simplex virus is incriminated in 60% of Alzheimer’s cases. The theory: Infections trigger excessive beta amyloid “gunk” that kills brain cells. Proof is still lacking, but why not avoid common infections and take appropriate vaccines, antibiotics and antiviral agents?


*What to Drink for Good Memory*

A great way to keep your aging memory sharp and avoid Alzheimer’s is to drink the right stuff.

a. Tops: Juice.
A glass of any fruit or vegetable juice three times a week slashed Alzheimer’s odds 76% in Vanderbilt University research. Especially protective:blueberry, grape and apple juice, say other studies.

b. Tea:
Only a cup of black or green tea a week cut rates of cognitive decline in older people by 37%, reports the Alzheimer’s Association. Only brewed tea works. Skip bottled tea, which is devoid of antioxidants.

c. Caffeine beverages.
Surprisingly, caffeine fights memory loss and Alzheimer’s, suggest dozens of studies. Best sources: coffee (one Alzheimer’s researcher drinks five cups a day), tea and chocolate. Beware caffeine if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, insomnia or anxiety.

d. Red wine:
If you drink alcohol, a little red wine is most apt to benefit your aging brain. It’s high in antioxidants. Limit it to one daily glass for women, two for men. Excessive alcohol, notably binge drinking, brings on Alzheimer’s.

e. Try to avoid: Sugary soft drinks,
Especially those sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. They make lab animals dumb. Water with high copper content also can up your odds of Alzheimer’s. Use a water filter that removes excess minerals.

*5 Ways to Save Your Kids from Alzheimer’s Now*

Alzheimer’s isn’t just a disease that starts in old age. What happens to your child’s brain seems to have a dramatic impact on his or her likelihood of Alzheimer’s many decades later.

Here are five things you can do now to help save your child from Alzheimer’s and memory loss later in life, according to the latest research.

1. Prevent head blows:
Insist your child wear a helmet during biking, skating, skiing, baseball, football, hockey, and all contact sports. A major blow as well as tiny repetitive unnoticed concussions can cause damage, leading to memory loss and Alzheimer’s years later.

2 Encourage language skills:
A teenage girl who is a superior writer is eight times more likely to escape Alzheimer’s in late life than a teen with poor linguistic skills. Teaching young children to be fluent in two or more languages makes them less vulnerable to Alzheimer’s.

3. Insist your child go to college: Education is a powerful Alzheimer’s deterrent.
The more years of formal schooling, the lower the odds. Most Alzheimer’s prone: teenage drop outs. For each year of education, your risk of dementia drops 11%, says a recent University of Cambridge study.

4. Provide stimulation:
Keep your child’s brain busy with physical, mental and social activities and novel experiences. All these contribute to a bigger, better functioning brain with more so-called ‘cognitive reserve.’ High cognitive reserve protects against memory decline and Alzheimer’s.

5. Spare the junk food: Lab animals raised on berries, spinach and high omega-3 fish have great memories in old age.
Those overfed sugar, especially high fructose in soft drinks, saturated fat and trans fats become overweight and diabetic, with smaller brains and impaired memories as they age, a prelude to Alzheimer’s.
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:45 PM   #2
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Hmm, interesting. I wonder how much of this is legit and how much is hyperbolized (is this a word) to be published. lol
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I did see a report a long time ago on how putting Alzheimer's patients on a high protein diet has helped MANY of them. I don't know if they claimed it was a cure, but a whole lot of patients showed signs of improvement.

I know they have done research in general that feeding a high protein, low carb diet helps concentration in everyone and tends to help ADHD patients as well, so I don't see that as too far fetched with Alzheimers.

They say that Carbs help scatter the brain some, so having carbs with dinner is best because it "rests" your mind, allowing a person to fall asleep easier... rather than focusing on a certain thing and not being able to relax.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:07 PM   #4
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Jean Carper’s newest book:
“100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Jean Carper (born January 3, 1932) is a New York Times best-selling author, an American medical journalist, syndicated columnist, consumer advocate and author of 24 books including Your Miracle Brain, Miracle Cures, the award-winning Stop Aging Now!, Food: Your Miracle Medicine and The Food Pharmacy. Her latest book, 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s was released in September 2010.
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I have done a lot of research on this as my Mom had the disease for the last 16 years.

In addition to the flossing, some scientists think that the old metal fillings that some of us have in our teeth can also be a factor.

The coffee/caffeine thing I don't buy because my Mom was a coffee addict and I am too.

The vitamin D and high cholesterol are in every report and it scares me because I have high cholesterol (I take medication and am vitamin D deficient, have to take a supplement.)
My Mom had low cholesterol and no vitamin D deficiency.

I think playing in the arcade is a great mind stimulant! See that's why I do it, to keep my brain active.

thanks for posting this, lots of good info.
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Oh my....I have a B12, vitamin D, Folic Acid deficiency...High cholesterol..By high I mean extremely high...I don't know if it was caused by Lupus (which can cause it to be high) or when I had pancreatitis..It was normal before I had it (pancreas problem) and after it did something to cause the enzymes in my liver to be out of whack and took the doctor over 3 months to get them back to normal..My cholesterol in the hospital at that time was 377!

I must tell you that it runs on both sides of the family...

I am like Trina on the coffee thing...My husbands grandmother had it and drank coffee like crazy, she smoked like a chimney....She said she never inhaled...It was funny to watch her smoke...My kids (when they were young) didn't like to go in her house, it always look like it was on fire from her smoking...She NEVER did anything but sit in her house and smoke cigarettes...No TV, once in a while you would hear a radio real faint...She did go to church every Sunday and Wednesday.... Then I had an aunt that was a recluse all her life...Never even went any where even to the grocery store. Her husband did everything for her. After he passed her daughter did everything for her. I personally feel the social aspect and using your brain helps...That is from experiences I have witnessed...Oh I forgot about two Aunts one on my Moms side one on my Dads...They both were recluse....one on my Dads side did attend church...that was it as far as leaving the house...

I am a heavy coffee drinker...Less when hubby isn't home during the day..But no less than 4 to 5 cups a day...

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