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7 years ago

Diets may determine dementia risk: The foods we choose to eat may determine our risk of dementia, mounting evidence suggests.

Latest work in Archives of Neurology shows sticking to a diet rich in nuts, fish and vegetables significantly cuts the chance of developing Alzheimer's.

A 'Mediterranean diet' containing plenty of fresh produce and less high fat dairy and red meat has long been thought to improve general health.

Experts believe it is a combination of nutrients in foods that is important

- BBC Ceefax News, March 2010

This post was modified from its original form on 27 Apr, 2:34
7 years ago

Quit smoking! Research has shown that people who smoke are twice as likely to develop dementia in later life.

7 years ago

Because of the link between Alzheimer's Disease and aluminium, avoid aluminium cooking utensils and pans, and food stored in aluminium containers. Use stainless steel or glass cookware.

Many anti-perspirants contain aluminium, so use natural deodorants such as PitRok or tea tree oil based products instead.

Simple antacids are often based on aluminium salts and should also be avoided

-Hazel Courteney ('500 of the Most Important Health Tips You'll Ever Need')

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7 years ago
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7 years ago

Good Info John....thank you!

7 years ago

Researchers have found a significant imbalance of metals in Alzheimer's  patients, esp. mercury, mainly deposited in areas of the brain related to memory.

Mercury is known to cause the type of damage to nerves that is characteristic of Alzheimer's Disease and researchers have found that early onset Alzheimer's patients have the highest mercury levels of all

 - Hazel Courteney ('500 Of The Best Health Tips You'll Ever Need')

7 years ago

There is now good evidence from research at the University of Calgary in Canada showing that mercury causes brain cell degeneration.

This research and many more facts on mercury are available via - The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology - David Hefferon, holistic dentist.

7 years ago

Silver amalgam dental fillings (made of compressed mercury): The British Dental Association says that around 3% of the population are estimated to suffer from mercury sensitivity.

7 years ago

Leaf coriander (a.k.a. cilantro): Studies have shown that leaf coriander helps to remove toxic metals from the body.

7 years ago

Blueberries: Their chief constituent is a group of antioxidants called anthocyanosides, which are concentrated in the skin of the fruit and responsible for its bluish-purple colour.

 At least 15 different types of anthocyanosides have been identified, and their effectiveness is partly due to their enhancement of the 'microcirculation', i.e. capillary blood flow.

Anthocyanosides also cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and combat cancer and age-related brain changes, such as dementia, Alzheimer's and poor memory, concentration and co-ordination

- Dr. Caroline Shreeve ('Home Doctor')

7 years ago

Ginkgo Biloba: This herb contains flavonoids which help to increase blood circulation and to protect nerve cells against damage caused by free radicals. An extract of ginkgo biloba is the most well-established herbal treatment for dementia of all types, as has been shown in numerous high-quality clinical studies. One of the largest was a 1997 US trial that enrolled more than 300 elderly participants with dementia. In addition to improving mental performance, ginkgo also reduced apathy, anxiety, irritability, depression and insomnia

- Dr Ann Walker

NB: If you have been medically prescribed aspirin or warfarin, consult your medical practitioner before using ginkgo biloba.

7 years ago

GOJI is supposed to be good for those fearing Alzheimers I think..?

7 years ago

Supplements of B-complex, lecithin and vitamin E have been shown to help some Alzheimer's and dementia patients. ( Bear in mind though that vitamin E is a natural blood-thinner. You  should not  take vitamin E in supplement form if you are taking pharmaceutical blood-thinners such as warfarin, or medically prescribed aspirin.)

7 years ago

Keep the mind active by doing crosswords, Sudoku/number games etc.

7 years ago

Drink green tea. It protects your memory, a Japanese study has found.

People who drank one cup daily were 37 per cent less likely to suffer age-related cognitive illnesses. This is because a compound found in the tea - EGCG - helps prevent the build-up of plaque on brain cells, which can lead to Alzheimer's.

Scientists are developing a tea with a high concentration of EGCG.

Tea drinkers should steep their tea for at least three minutes - any less results in lower amounts of EGCG, scientists say

- Matthew Barbour

7 years ago

Eat more curry. Despite being criticised by healthy-eating fans, this fast food can protect against Alzheimer's.

Having a few curries a week may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's by a fifth, US researchers have found.

The interaction between the curcumin in the spice and a form of vitamin D stimulates the immune system to clear he amyloid plaques in the brain, which are linked to memory loss

- Matthew Barbour

7 years ago

Your risk of developing Alzheimer's is strongly linked to the level of homocysteine in your blood. The lower your level throughout life, the smaller your chances of developing serious memory decline. Homocysteine is an amino acid, but it is also a neurotoxin capable of directly damaging the medial temporal lobe, which is the area of the brain that rapidly degenerates in Alzheimer's. Homocysteine is easily lowered with inexpensive B vitamins such as folic acid

- 'Food Is Better Than Drugs' by Patrick Holford and Jerome Burne

7 years ago

A Californian study from 2006 asked 579 men and women aged 60 and over to keep track of their diet and the supplements they took. After 9 years, 57 of them had developed Alzheimer's. Those with the highest folic acid intake reduced their risk by 55%

- 'Food Is better Than Medicine' by Patrick Holford and Jerome Burne

This post was modified from its original form on 28 Jun, 2:26
7 years ago

What is extraordinary is that B vitamins have been excluded from the Alzheimer's picture for so long. The link between brain deteriation - memory loss, cognitive deficits, depression and personality breakdown - and B vitamin deficiency is standard neurology textbook stuff

- Dr Teodoro Bottiglieri (Baytor University -  Metabolic Disease Center, Dallas, Texas.)

7 years ago

An excellent book on the natural treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease is 'The Alzheimer's Prevention Plan' by Patrick Holford.

'Food Is Better Than Medicine' is also highly recommended.

7 years ago

Breaking news : Vitamin D deficiency linked to cognitive decline

7 years ago

So much good information here and lost in the archives but not any more as I have made sure it will not go there again.

7 years ago

"Is there a cure for Alzheimer's disease? Some say yes and this common spice could be the cure"

7 years ago

Yes tumeric is so good for us in many ways.

And with so many of us getting into boomer age this is a good topic.

7 years ago

Sorry but so much of this imnformation is balderdash.

For one Aluminum has nothing to do with Alzheimers that was debunked years ago and the mercury comments are post death autopsy and not worthy of comment.

Diet does play a part as the illness is caused by plaques, it has a 50% herediatry component and healthy eating is a way to slow the process.  There is no cure.  Possible reason we see more dementia and Alzheimers is we live much longer and the disease has many stages before it kills.

My Mother suffered and died from Alzheimers, she starved to death at 84 because I respected her right to a natural death and her refusal of device like feeding tubes.  She made me promise when she was well I would follow her wishes as did my father. 

I am a clinical nurse specilist in psychiatry , I do not speak from hype nor anti any medicine that works, I am a realist.  If you do not think it was difficult to watch your Mom who had forgot how to make a food bolus to be able to swallow die, (it took 63 days) to respect her wish of a narural death verses your need your a foolish person.  I sat with her every single day, she was not alone and she hd no clue who I was; I knew who she was and I made promises.

Eat healthy and exercise but don't buy the Snake Oil.  I now care for my 88 yr old father who has cancer he lives alone in his home as I do mine, life is what you make it.  My Mom & Dad walked 7 miles a day for 50 years and ate in moderation.  They did not use doctors except for emegency, got all their vaccinations and basic care using common sense.

A little common sense goes a long way.

7 years ago

Zinc - A regular daily intake of zinc is beneficial in keeping your brain cells as healthy as possible, as well as optimizing the efficiency of signals sent from your brain to your body

- Healthspan magazine

Participation of Aluminum in Neurofibrillary Tangle Formation and Growth in Alzheimer's Disease.
7 years ago
Pubmed search for Alzheimer's Aluminium produces some interesting results showing there is some element of truth to the idea that Aluminium is neurotoxic and may play a role in brain ageing. One of the reasons we may be more vulnerable to the effects of metals in the brain is our low vitamin D levels. The primary route for brain toxicity of most metals is through depletion of glutathione. Glutathione acts as a chelating (binding) agent to detoxify the brain. Vitamin D regulates production of glutathione by astroctyes in the brain so low levels of vitamin D prevent the detoxifying role of glutathione and leads to damage which may or may not allow Alzheimer's to initiate. As we know Low Vitamin D levels are also implicated in cognitive impairment it would be as well to keep 25(OH)D levels at least above the level that enables optimum calcium absorption from diet. 32ng/ml 80ng/ml. and ideally above 40ng/ml 100nmol/l above which levels daily needs are met and stored reserves of D3 build.By 60ng/ml 150nmol/l human breast milk is a vitamin D replete food for babies and while Vitamin D is known to improve the brain development both in the womb and throughout the first six years of life, it's also reasonable to assume it's role as a detoxifying and anti inflammatory agent in the brain helps deal with the challenge of Alzheimer's.
7 years ago
Why Pleiotropic Interventions are Needed for Alzheimer's Disease This is quite a good full text onliine paper discussing the potential for DHA and Curcumin as helpful in Alzheimer's. As both the omega 3 DHA and Curcumin assist Vitamin D3 by acting as Vitamin D Receptor ligands it would also have been sensible to also have devoted a section to the pleiotropic actions of Vitamin D3 in the brain.
Diabetes and Alzeimers. Insulin connection.
7 years ago

In a recent report they talked about People with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes having an increased risk for developing telltale brain plaques that are closely linked to Alzheimer's disease.
My understanding is that most diseases are interconnected. The medical tends to isolate each problem, which takes them away from the big picture. That 'big picture' I believe, means correctly nourishing the body. Toxic drugs won't do it. They may give an 'on the spot' correction, but that's where it should end. Then the nutritional factor should be employed. But sadly, there's more money in the drug trade.
I guess then, it's  up to each individual to choose a 'road.'

PS> Raw fats are good for the brain and nervous system.

7 years ago

Dementia will never be treated, because it is the worlds biggest swindle. Sufferers in the later stages are locked into care wards, usually the middle floor, enter via keypad, each sufferer has a room, so they can then call it a "residential care home" In the day the residents are locked out of these rooms and are left to wander about corridors lost in their own untreated minds.

They are called "residents" not "patients"

If they are self funding they are effectively held upside down by the legs and shook by the state until every penny they own hits the floor.

One day, God will sort out those who have left them untreated for so long, one day.

7 years ago

Here is another very interesting study

Coconut oil and the treatment of Alzheimer's

7 years ago

Walking "could ward off dementia":

Elderly people who get about by walking are less likely to suffer mental decline or even dementia, a study says.

Brain scans revealed that older people walking between six and nine miles a week appeared to have more brain tissue in key areas.

The Pittsburgh University study suggested they had less "brain shrinkage" which is linked to memory problems.

The research was reported in the journal 'Neurology'

- BBC Ceefax 15/10/2010

Vitamin E shows brain benefits
7 years ago

According to new data, published in Archives of Neurology, people who consume the highest average intakes of vitamin E are 25% less likely to develop dementia than people with the lowest average intakes.

As a very active tissue, the brain is very vulnerable to oxidative damage and accumulation of such damage over a lifetime may contribute to dementia. Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia in the UK, is associated with the build-up of beta-amyloid proteins within the brain. This leads to an inflammatory reaction that produces high levels of free radicals and increases the potential for brain cell damage.

During the study, scientists asked over 5,000 people aged 55 plus, to fill in a questionaire and meal-based checklist, in order to monitor their intake of key antioxidants nutrients, including vitamin E. The participants were followed for about 10 years, during which 465 people developed dementia.

When the scientists analysed the data, they found that people with an average intake of 18.8 mg of vitamin E per day were 25% less likely to develop dementia than the people with an average of 9mg per day. These findings support other research, carried out in Sweden, which reported that a combination of different vitamin E forms could help prevent cognitive deterioration in advanced age

- Higher Nature magazine Autumn 2010

7 years ago

Study backs Alzheimer's B-12 link:

Evidence is mounting that levels of vitamin B-12 may be connected to the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

A study of 271 Finns found those with the highest levels were the least likely to be diagnosed with dementia

- BBC Ceefax 19/10/2010

6 years ago

Drinking beetroot juice increases blood flow to the brain, according to researchers - a finding that holds great promise for combating the progression of dementia

6 years ago

Great article...good info. I will refer to that in one of my articles.

You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week. So here is one for you

6 years ago

Research suggests grape seed extract helps prevent brain aging

6 years ago

Good article John!

Curcumin and Alzheimer's Disease
6 years ago

I just found this thread on Alzheimer's 10 minutes ago. It took me another few minutes to digest all the previous posts. I wish I knew how to copy and paste so I can just get the whole write up from the other group instead of rewriting it here. I joined Nature Provides first, so I submitted the Curcumin article there.

I had occasion to search the medical databases on CURCUMIN when someone offered me a product called PICUR. (More about that later). At the time there were over 3,500 scientific papers on the subject. I gathered 350 of these for review (not randomly-I viewed the synopsis which appears after the title) and came up with my own summary.

Since this is a "Healthy Living" group and not exclusively an Alzheimer's group, allow me to include all the other health benefits of curcumin. And believe me, there are many.

CURCUMIN provides the yellow color in curry. It is a polyphenol with the chemical name of diferuloylmethane. It has been used for over 5000 years in Chinese and Indian medicine for a wide range of illnesses. Recent scientific studies now provide bases for such emperical uses.

Main Pharmacological Properties

(1)chemosensitizing (2)radiosensitizing (3)wound healing (4)antimicrobial (5)antiviral (6)antifungal (7)antioxidant (8)anti-inflammatory (9)immunomodulatory.

Effects and Actions

(1)inhibits carcinogenesis (colon, prostate, breast,lungs, ovary, leukemia/lymphoma, head & neck, melanoma, neural) (2) inhibits inflammatory response (3) inhibits oxidative stress (4) arrests the cell cycle (5) induces apoptosis or cell "suicide" (6) marked anti-angiogenic property (inhibits formation of new blood vessels, essential to tumor growth).

Molecular Basis of Curcumin's Effects

Molecular Biology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past two decades. We now know many of the molecular basis for a lot of things that happen/do not happen in the human body. Curcumin's effects are due to these processes: (1)decreases survival factors Bcl2 and survivin (2) arrests cell cycle by preventing expression of cyclin D1, cdk-1, and cdc-23 (3) inhibits metastasis (tumor spread) due to inhibition of matrix metalloproteases (4) suppresses expression of vascular endothelial growth factor and intercellular adhesion molecule (5) elevates expression of antimetastatic proteins (6) inhibits formation of BETA AMYLOID FIBRILS (7) destabilize preformed fibrils (8) blocks neuronal death by upregulation of vitagenes (8) anti-inflammatory effect due to ability to regulate cytokines, protein kinases, transcription factors (all involved in the inflammatory process).


Stress, pollutants, aging, etc. cause release of reactive species from O2 and N2 by causing cell dysfunction and cell membrane leakage. The ensuing peroxidative reactions result in amplification and discharge of FREE RADICALS which in turn induce cell death. The final outcome being:






6 years ago

Thank you Erlinda for the great info. They won't let me send you another as I already have this week. . For those who do not know Turmeric is another name for curcumin.

6 years ago

Book review:

100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's And Age-Related Memory Loss
Jean Carper
(Published by Vermilion)

When best-selling author Jean Carper discovered she had the Alzheimer's gene she was determined to find out what she could do to help herself.
The result is this important and empowering manual of effective steps you can take to help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

"There is a gem of knowledge and insight on every page. Most important, this book offers hope. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to protect their minds as they grow old"
- Gary L. Wenk, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Ohio State University


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