Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimers DiseaseWhat is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s Disease is a degenerative disease that primarily attacks the brain. It is progressive in nature, which means that it will keep on worsening as time passes. The memory function of the brain is the one that suffers the most. Even doing daily regular tasks becomes an impossibility with Alzheimer’s Disease AD sufferers.

In Britain alone, half million people suffer from this condition with 60,000 new cases coming out every year. As the population gets older, this number is expected to rise. 30 years from now, experts estimate that more than half of people who are 85 and above will suffer from AD.

 

What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?

A lot of people think that AD is mostly inherited and that if you are destined to suffer from it, then there is nothing that you can do since it is in your genes. However, a few changes to the diet and lifestyle may help minimize the risk for AD. In order to fully take the proper steps to preventing AD, taking a look at the causes or factors that bring about such disease is a must.

Some of the said causes for AD are the following:

  • Aluminium toxicity. A study in 1980 showed that 647 Canadian gold miners who constantly inhaled aluminium since 1940s. The cognitive functions of all the miners were in the impaired range, which suggests that there is indeed a link between memory loss and aluminium.
  • Mercury. Researchers have found that AD patients have mercury deposits in different areas of the brain that are related to memory. Mercury causes damage to the nerves, which is actually one of the characteristics of AD. Early onset AD patients were found to have the highest levels of mercury.
  • Homocysteine. The metabolism of proteins in the body produces this toxic compound. When the levels of homocysteine in the body are high, it causes damage to the brain eventually leading to AD. One way that you can maintain a good balance of your homocysteine levels is to take a daily dose of vitamin B complex.
  • Cortisol. This stress hormone could also harm the right balance of the brain. This shrivels up the connection between brain cells, which contributes to the development of AD.
  • Free radicals.
  • Excessive intake of processed foods.
  • Low levels of antioxidants in the body such as Vitamins A, C, and E.

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

There are various signs and symptoms that you need to watch out for that could make you infer of the presence of AD. The symptoms may vary according to stages:

Early Stages:

  • Absent-mindedness
  • Inability to learn new things
  • Judgment becomes awry.
  • Intellectual and social functioning begin to go amiss.

Late Stages:

  • Loss of logic and memory
  • Poor coordination
  • Deteriorating speech
  • Symptoms of paranoia can appear

Final Stages:

  • Patient loses touch with his surroundings.
  • Becomes unresponsive

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

In general, when the body is exposed to a lot of pollutants, and the body gets too much processed and refined foods, more essential vitamins and minerals are lost from the body and the brain just keeps on deteriorating. You also have to factor in stress, which is another contributory factor. Therefore, eating the right kinds of foods and avoiding those that could contribute to the disease will be the best remedy.

Diet for Alzheimer’s Disease

Friendly Foods

  • Acetylcholine. This brain nutrient is found in organ meats, oats, soya beans, cauliflower and cabbage. AD sufferers often lack this nutrient in their body.
  • Soya Lecithin. You can sprinkle a tablespoon of this on your breakfast cereals, fresh fruit, or yoghurt. Lecithin is actually rich in acetylcholine which could highly benefit the brain. Egg yolks and fish are rich in this too.
  • Essential fats. These help proper brain functioning and reduces brain inflammation. Use sunflower oil or organic flax for salad dressings without heating them.
  • Organic wild salmon, tuna, herrings, and mackerel. These are rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
  • Organic sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and linseeds. These too are rich in healthy fats. You can sprinkle them on salads and vegetables.
  • Anti-oxidant rich foods. Eat berries and dark green leafy vegetables. Include bright colored fruits and vegetables too.
  • Garden sage. This improves memory functioning due to its antioxidant effects. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, preventing brain inflammation, which actually contributes to AD. Do not use sage if you are pregnant since it stimulates the uterus.
  • Fresh coriander. Use this in your salads since it can help remove toxic metals from the body.

Foods to Avoid

  • Avoid refined grains. Try not to eat white bread, pasta and rice. The nutrients of these grains, which include B-vitamins, were removed during the refining process.
  • Stay away from commercial chocolates, baking powder, desserts, processed cheese, pickles, and chewing gum, as these foods contain aluminium traces.
  • Eliminate foods from your diet that contain food additives like Monosodium Glutamate or MSG and aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener. These elements are suspected neuro-toxins.
  • Stay away from ready-made foods like cakes, meat pies, or other pre-packaged meals cooked in aluminium containers and loaded with salt, sugar, and saturated fat.
  • Reduce intake of saturated fats. These are commonly found in fatty meats and full-fat dairy products.
  • Try to reduce caffeine, alcohol and sugar. These foods can deplete your body from nutrients and can interfere with brain functions. Sugar causes havoc to your brain functions and is now regarded as the main problem for those who suffer from AD.

 

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Alzheimers

  • Take a multi-vitamin/antioxidant formula/essential fats daily.
  • 300mg of magnesium and 75mg of potassium phosphate daily can help nerve connections.
  • 75mg of silica daily can help in eliminating aluminum from the body.
  • 120-240mg of Gingko biloba a day can increase circulation in the brain, preventing AD degeneration. This herb comes from the leaves of the memory tree, as what the Chinese would call it.
  • 100mg of phosphatidylserine (PS) a day, which is another brain nutrient, can help too. Best source is organ meats.
  • B-complex vitamin daily helps in the formation of acetylcholine and other neuro-transmitters.
  • 1 or 2 Curcumin standardized extract capsules can reduce brain degeneration. This substance is naturally found in the spice turmeric.
  • 1 teaspoon of Chlorella powder daily or 500mg capsules twice a day could help in removing heavy metals from the body.

Some More Tips

  • Avoid stress.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • It is best to remove mercury fillings if you have.
  • Avoid aluminium cooking utensils and containers.
  • Include multi-minerals in your daily diet.
  • Get your brain to work everyday. Do crosswords and other brain-wracking activities such as counting down from 500 each day using various multiples. E.g. 500 less 6 = 494, less 6 = 488, less 6 = 482 and so on.
  • Eat organic foods.
  • Avoid over exposure to computers and mobile phones.
  • Use prescription drugs with caution as some are known to cause side effects similar to symptoms of senile dementia.
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