Eating to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, the most common neurodegenerative disease, currently affecting up to 4.5 million people in the U.S. However, dementia is not a normal part of the aging process. Alzheimer’s is a devastating and ultimately fatal condition, consisting of loss of memory and thinking skills, confusion, personality changes, and eventually inability to carry out the activities of daily life. Alzheimer’s is characterized by damage to the brain, and these changes in the brain may begin 10-20 years before any symptoms appear.
Dietary choices earlier in life have a profound impact on the health of the brain as it ages. Patients with Alzheimer’s often have deficiencies of several vitamins, especially the antioxidant vitamins found in vegetables and fruits. Green vegetable consumption was found to be low and animal fat consumption high in past dietary histories of Alzheimer’s patients. We pay a steep price for our extravagant diet, rich in meat and dairy and low in natural, healthful plant foods.For the complete article see the 02-13-2013 issue.
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