The first symptom of any neurodegenerative disease is depression. This article highlights loss of interest in favorite activities and apathy (signs of depression) as well as anxiety and personality changes as initial signs of dementia. The time to prevent Alzheimer's is right now by eating and living for brain health.
Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease with high folate intake: The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging
This study reviewed the diets of over 500 individuals over the age of 65. They found a significant correlation with individuals who met or exceeded the RDA intake for folate and a decreased risk for Alzheimer’s. Interestingly, only 13% of the sample size were able to meet RDA levels with diet alone!
The best source of folate for us is in its natural form:
Because we continue to learn how vitamins work in symphony with other micronutrients, our best practice is to get essential vitamins from foods rather than isolated in synthetic supplements. Furthermore, added folate to food products, like bread, present similar problems, by taking the nutrient out of its natural environment, whereby we may unknowingly decrease its effect on us, as well as our ability to absorb it.
Increasing evidence of the role of infections and Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Mercola lays out the latest research and highlights critical steps for increasing the health of our brains.
Are you eating eggs? Read on for more details on choline, and what can work best for you.
“Along with folate and B12 deficiency, inadequate consumption of choline can lead to high homocysteine and all the risks associated with hyperhomocysteinaemia, such as cardiovascular disease, neuropsychiatric illness (Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia) and osteoporosis. Inadequate choline intake can also lead to fatty liver or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).”
Inflammation, Defective Insulin Signaling, and Mitochondrial Dysfunction as Common Molecular Denominators Connecting Type 2 Diabetes to Alzheimer Disease
There is a strong link between Type II Diabetes and Alzheimer’s. The common thread: inflammation. Balancing our blood sugar by eating regular healthy meals and avoiding sugary food and drinks is critical for avoiding metabolic disease and declining brain function.
Vitamin D deficiency is linked with cognitive decline. The best way to get Vitamin D is from unfiltered sunlight! Try for 15 minutes a day.
Curcumin, the phytonutrient in turmeric, is probably the most researched food agent to show evidence in the prevention and slowing the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
“it should be possible to develop anti-inflammatory approaches that may not cure AD but will likely help slow the progression or delay the onset of this devastating disorder.” Inflammation can be directly addressed with diet and lifestyle.
Did you know that B Vitamins are essential for brain health? Actually B vitamins, specifically B-6 and B-12 have shown preventive effects on adults at risk for dementia.