Aging may be inevitable, but memory loss and Alzheimer’s are not. That’s the conclusion of the Alzheimer’s Prevention and Research Foundation in Tucson, Arizona. More and more research is pointing to ways your lifestyle can help prevent Alzheimer’s. By exercising and following a healthy diet, you can reduce the inflammation that can play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s.
These same lifestyle changes protect you from heart disease and diabetes. Avoiding the ravages of these two 21st century killers also protects your brain. It seems that even if your brain has been inundated with the plaque that signals Alzheimer’s, you may function just fine if you remain heart healthy and free of diabetes because your brain is able to create supplementary circulation to replace what is lost! In somecases, loss of circulation from mini strokes may be what sets dementia inmotion — not the plaques themselves.
In the 10-year Nun Study,conducted by David Snowden, MD, 678 nuns donated their brains to science when they died. Researches who examined the brains found that some that were loaded with plaque belonged to women who showed no evidence of dementia, while some with lesser amounts of plaque showed a crippling level of cognitive impairment.Because such complete records had been kept on these women, researchers wereable to attribute some of the differences to exercise, eating habits, educationand continued learning.
While TV commercials may have you believing that the prescription drug Aricept is the only pill you can turn to to combat Alzheimer’s, that has more to do with the money drug companies have to throw around than the research available on alternative or nutritional treatments. In addition to healthy lifestyle practices, certain supplements can help sustain and help promote good brain function as we age.
The supplements recommended by the Alzheimer’s Prevention and Research Foundation, founded by Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, author of Brain Longevity, are the same as many of the supplements covered extensively in Jean Carper’s book, Your Miracle Brain. If you’re concerned about brain function as you age, (and who isn’t?) talk to a knowledgeable doctor or other health practitioner who’s nutrition-oriented to help you make decisions about what to take.
Check out our list of brain boosting supplements that can be very helpful. For more detailed information read our special report, Natural Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s (freeonline).