This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Natural Ways To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
By Staff Writers Maggie Spilner and Gale Maleskey, MS, RD
We may make uneasy jokes about it, but Alzheimer’s disease is something we all dread. It’s common. Some 4.5 million Americans have it, and many more have cognitive impairment that may be an early sign of it. And it sometimes seems like it’s almost unavoidable. The biggest risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s is simply getting older. Most people diagnosed with it are age 65 or older, and by the time you’re 85, you have a one-in-two chance of having it. But Alzheimer’s is less inevitable than you might fear, with evidence mounting that diet, exercise and nutritional supplements all play a role in its prevention. New research also suggests that Alzheimer’s takes a longer time to develop than previously thought, with early brain changes seen in middle age. So the best advice for prevention is to start early—by age 50-- and stay at it, especially if you have a family history of the disease. But even people in their 60s, 70s and 80s can benefit tremendously from our expert recommendations, which follow below.
What Is Alzheimer’s, Anyway?
We know that Alzheimer’s is a build-up of two types of proteins in the brain—“plaques”, which are deposits of the protein beta-amyloid that accumulate in the space between nerve cells, and “tangles”, deposits of the protein tau that accumulate inside of nerve cells. This protein pile-up leads to reduced levels of neurotransmitters, interferes with cells’ ability to communicate with each other, and makes it difficult for them to survive. Autopsies of brains of people with Alzheimer’s show shrinkage in crucial areas of the brain. What’s not known is exactly why the protein deposits start in the first place. Age and genetic predisposition are the strongest risk factors. If you have a parent or brother or sister who developed the disease, you are two to three times more likely to develop it yourself than someone with no family history. Less is known about avoidable risk factors—the things you can control—but this is an area of intense research, and has produced some findings that you can use right now to lower your own risk. Here’s what you need to know.
The next few pages will provide you with specific details on preventing Alzheimer’s.
with 1. the researchers concluded. Surprisingly though. fatigue and confusion.) Therapeutic Dosage for Vitamin B12: We recommend 500 mcg of vitamin B12 daily. it works with folic acid and vitamin B6 to neutralize neurotoxic homocysteine. Make sure to take fish oil that is certified contaminant-free. inflammation appears to play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Plus. DHA decreases the formation of amyloid plaque. online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2007. You need both. they found that people’s thinking abilities were best when they had adequate blood levels of both vitamins.) Therapeutic Dosage for Curcumin: Optimal dosages have yet to be determined. can stop the build-up of destructive betaamyloid protein in the brain – the plaques that gunk up the works. Alzheimer’s disease rates are reportedly among the world’s lowest. CH et al: Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2006. cognitive abilities were worst in seniors with low vitamin B12 and high serum folate levels.) Therapeutic Dosage for Fish Oil: We currently recommend taking at least the amount found effective in this study. Vitamin D Boosts Mood and Memory We now know that vitamin D affects virtually all body tissues. B12 is needed to keep nerves working properly throughout the body. Don’t Forget B12 With so much new research on nutrition and the brain. Those with the highest blood levels consumed about 180 mg of DHA a day—the amount found in three servings of fish a week. (Wilkins. Arch Neurol. Not unexpectedly. These findings suggest that curcumin is more effective in inhibiting plaque formation than many other drugs being tested as Alzheimer’s treatments. not a lack of B12 in the diet. They looked at B12 and folic acid status in people age 60 or older. Lancet 2007. Deficiency was also linked to poor thinking skills like memory. researchers say. (If you have a history of cancer. Older people with the highest blood levels of DHA were about half as apt to develop dementia and 39% as apt to develop Alzheimer's as those with lower blood levels of DHA over a nine-year period. difficulty maintaining balance. depression. and it seems to interfere with expression of the genes involved in dementia. it has unique anti-inflammatory effects. those with low blood levels of vitamin D were more likely to have mild depressive symptoms such as lack of interest or indecisiveness than people with adequate blood levels. MS. most often because of absorption problems. judgment and problem-solving. a nutrient long known for its critical role in nerve and brain function. those taking 800 mcg of folic acid daily scored as well as people 5. although it’s important to get enough folic acid. That may be because of those tasty Indian curries. In a group of older people. Curcumin: Better Than Alzheimer’s Drugs! In India. and a new study suggests that getting enough D can improve some mood and memory problems. et al. (Morris. On memory tests. ( Schaefer. it’s easy to forget about vitamin B12. We currently recommend 200 mg of standardized curcumin per day for Alzheimer's prevention. 85:193-200.5 years younger. Curcumin can also break up existing plaques by stimulating immune cells called macrophages to clear out the plaque. New research from Tufts University shows just how important vitamin B12 really is to brain function. Plus. including the brain. They found that those who took 800 mcg of folic acid daily for three years had better memory and information-processing speed than those taking a placebo. 14:1032-1040) Therapeutic Dosage for Vitamin D: Leading experts now recommend 1. 369:208-216. the amount found effective in this study. Deficiency is more common in seniors. 2006: 63:1545-50. New research suggests that curcumin. too much folic acid and too little B12 is just as bad. (July 16. (Durga J. This finding led researchers to conclude that. Some 25% to 54% of all adults over age 60 are low in vitamin D. found in turmeric. check with your doctor before taking this amount. et al. The difference was dramatic. poor memory. Anemia and impaired thinking were observed nearly five times as often 2 .000 IU of vitamin D a day. As with many chronic diseases. Nov.000-2. ) for people with this combination than among people with normal B12 and folate levels. 180 mg of DHA or more if possible. by lowering neurotoxic homocysteine levels. EJ.) Therapeutic Dosage for Folic Acid: We recommend 800 mcg. Folic Acid Adds Years to Your Brain Dark leafy greens contain folic acid. in seniors.Founded by Jean Carper Call Our Nutrition Experts at 800-627-9721 Special Report Protecting Your Brain With Supplements The Protective Effects of Fish Oil Eating fish regularly decreases your chances of developing Alzheimer’s. the main spice in curry. which protects your brain two ways: it helps to reduce inflammation. Amer J Clin Nutr 2007(Jan). Symptoms may include: numbness and tingling in hands and feet. and research shows that it’s the DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in fish that’s offering the protection. according to Tufts University researchers. Dutch researchers studied 818 subjects aged 50 to 70 with high homocysteine levels.000 IU coming from supplementation.
EGCG also removes toxic iron from brain cells (Kuriyama. has the most potent anti-Alzheimer's activity. sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. vitamin E in food consists of a mixture of tocopherols of 4 types--alpha. Alzheimer's disease. rather than alpha tocopherol alone. Amer J Clin Nutrition.2. unless you have medical supervision.Founded by Jean Carper Visit Us Online at StopAgingNow. Shinichi. That’s the amount found in three cups of green tea. cognitive impairment. specifically. We recommend medical supervision for more than 1. Research has found that eating just five extra milligrams a day of vitamin E in foods such as walnuts and unrefined oils cut Alzheimer's risk 26%. It can improve blood circulation and protect nerve tissue.000 IUs a day of vitamin E have been used. However.2 fluid ounces.000 mg a day.C. a powerful antioxidant that researchers say helps detoxify beta-amyloid. and. ideally. 18. (Cochrane Database System Review 2003(2): CD003158 ) Therapeutic Dosage for AcetylL-Carnitine: Effective dosages for Alzheimer’s range from 1. to see results. including muscle and brain function.000 – 4.com Special Report Green Tea’s EGCG Slows Brain Aging Green tea can slow brain aging. In fact. Feb. A review of the evidence by British investigators showed that taking ALC improved memory and overall mental functioning in people with mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer's.800 IU a day of mixed tocopherols and. in Washington. experts say this study may have been too short. found that 120 mg of ginkgo taken for 6 weeks by more than 200 healthy adults over 60 did not The Right Kind of Vitamin E Slashes Risk 26% Why did high-vitamin E foods fend off 3 . and completed in 2002. (A Japanese cup of green tea is small-about 3. dementia and Alzheimer's. 2009. from aging-related damage. making it a potential treatment for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. alpha-tocopherol. Therapeutic Dosage for Ginkgo: We recommend 120 – 240 mg a day to people age 50 or older.) Therapeutic Dosage for Green Tea: We recommend 450 mg of green tea extract standardized to at least 50% EGCG daily.83: 355-61) and brand new Israeli research finds that EGCG even reverses brain cell degeneration by spurring new growth. 2006. Alzheimer's in recent studies. (It’s wise to review your health history and any other medications you are taking with your doctor or pharmacist first. Most supplements have only one form of E. Alzheimer’s disease. another form of vitamin E. (Morris. doses of up to 2. usually divided into two or three doses during the day. which has many roles in the body.) Acetyl-L-Carnitine Appears to Help. A mix of tocopherols. delta and gamma--as well as tocotrienols.) Therapeutic Dosage for Vitamin E: For Alzheimer’s disease.000 mg a day. How Ginkgo Helps Brain Cells The herb Ginkgo biloba is one of the most widely-used herbs in the world. 250 . Studies show that ALC can protect brain cells from neurotoxicity and oxygen deprivation. The study will be completed in July. Am J Clin Nutr 2006. helping to prevent declining memory. Research suggests that 120 to 240 mg daily of ginkgo may be as helpful as drugs such as donepezil (Aricept) to people with early stage Alzheimer's. For simple age-related memory impairment. However. preserve a cell’s energy-producing mitochondria. M. beta. we recommend no more than 400 . as found in most supplements. by protecting brain cells from oxidative damage and inflammation. improve memory. It plays an important role in energy production in the body. or used too small an amount. and is used to make the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.) Green tea's main protection comes from EGCG. the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is conducting a large study of ginkgo to see if it prevents the onset of dementia and. including the brain. but vitamin E in supplements not do as well? It's because most supplements use the wrong type of vitamin E. and dramatically rejuvenate mental and physical functioning. or about one cup a day. D. possibly. Though a long-awaited trial.. Too Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) helps to prevent age-related cognitive decline. Sept. as in food. Right now. (Presented at the Fourth International Scientific Symposium of Tea and Human Health. drinking more than 2 cups a day of green tea slashed odds of cognitive impairment by 54%--more than half! Those who drank less – 4 to 6 cups a week.000 mg daily has been used. still had 38% lower risk of cognitive impairment compared to those drinking less than 3 cups a week. in elderly Japanese men and women. tocotrienols.
such as: I Eat three or more servings of vegetables a day. older people who did so had brains that functioned like they were five years younger. such as curry. scrap booking or genealogical research. 4 . Try cooking or language classes. judgment and coordination.com).M7035 61200) Challenge Your Brain To Stay Sharp Maintaining an active mind may slow the build-up of plaques and tangles in the brain. socializing with people you find stimulating. green tea. In a study. mackerel or sardines three times a week or more. For online brain stimulation.. Chem. However. Chinese.happy-neuron. MC et al: Neurology 2006. The fats in fish protect your brain. It improves blood flow to the brain and can help maintain healthy brain function. I Go easy on sugar. This website gives temporary free access to video games that strengthen language. (Morris. 282: 36275 36282. research suggests. Dec 2007. Think Aerobic Exercise As little as three hours of walking a week over a period of six months can increase neurons and neuronal connections in the brains of older adults. research has found. crossword or jigsaw puzzles. Brisk walking. Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines all use foods and spices that can help you stay sharp. garlic. Drinking sugar water more than doubled the amount of amyloid plaque in animals. swimming. minimally-processed chocolate. hill climbing. Look for products that list the amount of flavanols they contain or that have a “Cocoapro” logo. and ginger.doi:10. Anything that’s challenging but fun will do. Biol.Founded by Jean Carper Call Our Nutrition Experts at 800-627-9721 Special Report Fighting Forgetfulness With Food Even if you have a strong family history of Alzheimer’s disease. Indian. memory. check out a company called Happy Neuron (www. including one dark leafy green vegetable. only aerobic exercise produces significant increases in brain volume in areas of the brain related to age-related cognitive decline. I Satisfy sweet cravings with dark.1074/jbc. you can reduce your chances of developing it with the same healthy lifestyle changes that prevent heart disease and cancer. (J. I Go ethnic. or biking—anything that quickens your heart rate and breathing—will work. Researchers say the equivalent in humans is roughly five cans of soda a day.) I Eat fatty fish such as salmon. 67:1370-6.
So we highly recommend acetyl-L-carnitine for anyone who feels as if they have lost mental and physical energy. Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) Stop Aging Now's Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) is made with 100% L-Carnipure. It is also fortified with vitamin E and CoQ10 for maximum freshness. 9am to 5pm est: ONLINE: PHONE: MAIL: 3 EASY WAYS TO ORDER Shop securely by visiting www. most researched and purest forms. Recent research has catapulted ALC into the scientific spotlight as a potential enhancer of mental and physical energy. potent and fresh. your thinking processes. others get their oil from fish that have lower amounts of DHA and EPA. The result is simply the best fish oil that money can buy. CoQ10. Decaffeinated. Omega-T Fish Oil Not all fish oil is created equal. curcumin and vincopetine. period.com Click the link at the top of our website 5 We are proud to offer a 90-day unconditional money-back guarantee.StopAgingNow. Vitaberry™. all natural fish oil that is extremely high in DHA and EPA. absorbability and potency. The result is a Green Tea Extract that takes full advantage of all of green tea's miraculous benefits with a potent dose of antioxidants. Multi Nutrient Formula PLUS Stop Aging Now’s Multi Nutrient Formula PLUS contains therapeutic doses of all of the ingredients mentioned in this special report including folic acid. Orlando.com Call us toll-free. green tea. The aging process robs the body of acetyl-L-carnitine and such deficits appear to be tied to energy slumps as we age. especially since the downsides are extremely minimal and side effects are virtually non-existent. vitamin E and ginkgo biloba as well as 22 other essential nutrients. High Antioxidant Green Tea Extract Stop Aging Now's High Antioxidant Green Tea Extract is made from the purest. 24 hours a day 800-627-9721 Send us a check or money order Stop Aging Now 2600 Titan Row. NUTRITION EXPERTS ON STAFF Stop Aging Now has Nutrition Experts on staff who can answer any questions you have about nutrition and dietary supplements. both alone and especially with alpha lipoic acid (which is found in all of our Multi Nutrient Formulas as well as our Brain Energizer Formula). anti-aging vitamins. Features the antioxidant capacity of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables. one of the highest quality.com Special Report R E L A T E D P R O D U C T S Brain Energizer Stop Aging Now's Brain Energizer is a proprietary blend of six all natural ingredients that have strong scientific evidence backing their ability to provide a broad-spectrum attack on multiple mechanisms that underlie age-related neuro-degeneration and cognitive dysfunction. most potent green tea extract available. Our Omega-T Fish Oil stands out as one of the best fish oils available. and others don't bother to check for contaminants at all. of which 70% contains the active ingredient EGCG. provides a broad spectrum of nutrients to balance out deficiencies in your diet and supports optimal wellness and health. It contains clinical doses of alpha lipoic acid. vitamin B12. DHA. with each serving equaling the antioxidant capacity of 12 servings of fruits and vegetables. This is one of the highest amounts of EGCG achievable and is the same amount used in many anti-cancer studies. Contact one of our experts anytime Monday-Friday. (This excludes shipping charges) . It contains molecularly distilled fish body oils from imported Norwegian salmon and is certified to be contaminant-free by independent testing. Each work in a different way to energize your brain. Each serving features 450 mg of green tea extract. It is a complete. minerals and antioxidants for men and women of all ages.Founded by Jean Carper Visit Us Online at StopAgingNow. high-potency multi-vitamin that protects cells against aging. vitamin D. FL 32809 PHONE: E-MAIL: LIVE CHAT: Toll-free 800-627-9721 nutritionist@stopagingnow. It is formulated with pure. curcumin. your memory retention and to provide clarity to your overall thought processes. Some contain synthetic oils. Includes science-based doses of 29 select.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue reading from where you left off, or restart the preview.