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Why eating a Mediterranean Diet could lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease
Lane Simonian
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 10:53 AM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 5137


The one simple sentence in this article explains it all.

Eating the Mediterranean diet could lower your risk of dementia due to its high levels of antioxidants, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/949801/dementia-mediterranean-diet-symptoms-prevent-alzheimers

Eating a Mediterranean diet likely also slows down the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673956/

Certain powerful antioxidants such as those found in panax ginseng may lead to initial improvements in people during the early stages of Alzheimer's disease that can be maintained for two years.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3659550/

Oxidative stress from a few or many sources probably causes Alzheimer's disease and part of the damage done by this stress can be reversed by one or more antioxidants.



Mimi S.
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 4:22 PM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 7027


Also excellent after diagnosis!
Lane Simonian
Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 12:17 AM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 5137


This is a timely article to Mimi's point:

A man has told of how he "got his mum back" after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, in part, by getting her to follow a diet high in berries and leafy green vegetables.

But how realistic is it that dementia can be tackled through diet?

The bulk of research had been on the preventative side rather than treating Alzheimer's.

Mark Hatzer's mum Sylvia was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in December 2016 and it progressed fast, so that at its worst she forgot who he was.

Mark said a change in her diet led to her condition improving.

"I slowly got my mum back. Her memory is improving all the time. She is more alert and engaged. She is basically her old self again," he wrote in a blog.

So what did Sylvia's diet entail?

  • Berries
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Few processed/fatty foods
  • Sylvia ate a diet rich in blueberries, blackberries and strawberries.

    Berries are part of the flavonoid nutrient family which is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities.

    Investigators have claimed that blueberries may activate part of the brain which controls learning and memory, but more studies are needed.

  • Sylvia's diet was also rich in leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale.

    Like berries, green leaves and vegetables contain high levels of antioxidants.

    The Alzheimer's Society says that high levels of antioxidants may help to protect against some of the damage to brain cells associated with the disease.

    Inflammation - in the form of a chemical change in the brain - is associated with Alzheimer's disease and the charity says there are suggestions that a diet high in antioxidants reduces the signs of this inflammation.

    What do experts think?

    What Sylvia is following in her diet is very much like the Mediterranean diet, with few processed and fatty foods and lots of fresh fruit and veg.

    Alzheimer's Research UK said the latest research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2017 found four studies highlighting the potential benefits of certain diets, including the Mediterranean diet, and how they can support healthy brain ageing and help to reduce dementia risk.

  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43863186

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Keep It 100
Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:21 AM
Joined: 2/26/2017
Posts: 586


And it it also important to be aware of the dirty dozen. Those blueberries, leafy greens, etc must be organic. 

 http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/health/the-dirty-dozen-and-clean-15-of-produce/616/