Alzheimer’s Disease A Dreaded Illness
For many, Alzheimer’s disease is an especially dreaded illness–not only because of its symptoms but also for the fact that it’s virtually incurable. There is some good news, however: new research shows certain factors can lower your risk for Alzheimer’s. There are ways you can naturally prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Folic Acid Rich Diet Can Protect Brain
A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience showed a diet rich in folic acid can protect the brain from damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The study was conducted by the National Institute of Aging, and showed folic acid aids in the repair of DNA damage that occurs in the brain. This damage is linked to Alzheimer’s. Folic acid also lowers the levels of homocysteine in the blood, and high levels of homocysteine can nearly double the risk of Alzheimer’s. Folic acid is a B-vitamin found in leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits.
Adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diets of mice showed a significant slow in the progression of Alzheimer’s in a study published by the Journal of Neuroscience. Omega-3 fatty acids and their components (especially DHA) aid in the function and health of the nervous system, which is right where Alzheimer’s disease strikes. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, walnuts and flax oil.
Activities that stimulate the brain–such as reading, playing a musical instrument, dancing, playing cards, and solving puzzles–were shown to lessen the occurrence of Alzheimer’s in people over the age of 75 according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was led by Dr. Verghese, who reported that more time spent doing such activities further lessened the risk of Alzheimer’s.