Alzheimers Tips For Prevention

Alzheimers Tips For Prevention

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  1. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that causes memory loss and mental disabilities. Warning signs include asking questions or restating information repetitively, anxiety,  confusion in general, difficulty in deciphering the written word, excessive depression, fearfulness, inability to recall common words or perform normal daily activities or make plans or solve problems, irritability, loss of cognition concerning time, day, date and location, misplacing items without the ability to retrace and retrieve, needing notes or help from others to simply perform routine activities, poor judgement, social withdrawal,suspicion and vision difficulties concerning color recognition, contrast and judging distances.

    Across the United States millions of people middle age and older suffer with Alzheimer’s. The disease is usually recognized in people who have reached their sixties. It is recognized as the 6th cause of death in the US and the 3rd among the elderly. Heart disease is the  #1  and cancer #2 when it comes to leading causes of death among the elderly. Proving that American lifestyle and eating habits need vast improvement.

    In 1906 Alois Alzheimer a German physician treated a woman who died after having disturbing bouts of mental illness. Examination of her brain revealed what Alois called clumps which are recognized today as amyloid plaque masses. He further discovered fibrous tangles which are still found the same now as then.

    Today autopsy has revealed the loss of connection between nerve cells in the brain that would normally send signals for movement, speech, response and reaction. As the disease progresses part of the brain begins to shrink and die. There is at present no way to recreate that tissue. Once it is lost it is lost forever. It is this process that leads to the death of the victim. There is extensive research being done with jellyfish which are capable of regenerating their own brains and in fact their entire body and vital organs. Who knows what the future holds.

    Alzheimer’s progresses through 7 distinct stages. First comes the “preclinical” stage. At this point extreme impairments are happening within the brain with no outward signs of dementia. Next the”very mild” second stage with symptoms thought to be the result of normal aging. Third is the “mild” stage where memory loss and cognitive processing begin to raise questions about the person’s condition. Fourth is the “moderate” stage also called the diagnosis stage. During the fifth stage “moderate to severe” behavior problems exhibit requiring outside help for safety and maintenance. The sixth step “severe” is when the body starts shutting down. The final 7th step is “very severe” and at this point in the progression death comes quickly.

    Drugs and medications are often used to relieve Alzheimer’s symptoms. Generally these medications are cholinesterase inhibitors. Choline is an enzyme found in the human heart, blood and brain which transforms acetylcholine into acetic acid and choline as separate elements. Medications used in the mild to moderate stages are Razadyne, Exelon and Aricept which all work to delay symptom progression. Namenda and Namzaric are used in the moderate to severe stages as they regulate glutamate slowing the death of brain cells.

    Autopsy research has revealed that even the smallest amounts of aluminum, cadmium, copper, iron, lead or mercury develop fibrous networks within the brain limiting its ability to function. Action can be taken to detoxify existing metal toxicity. Foods including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cilantro, eggs, garlic, onions, parsley, peas, pectin,  spinach and all dark greens are metal detoxifiers. The best technique is prevention which can be accomplished by reading ingredient labels and avoiding products which contain metals. Some products are filled with metal contamination  especially certain antacids, antidiarrheal products, antiperspirants, baking powder, buffered aspirin, dandruff shampoos and drinking water. Drinking water which has been treated with silicon destroys aluminum contamination. Other products which may contain metals are processed cheeses and women’s feminine cleansing products. Other things to avoid are iron, copper and aluminum cookware, aluminum or other metal cans and foils.

    Beyond metal toxicity hormonal imbalances and glandular disorders also cause nutritional deficiencies in the brain. Many nutritional deficiencies have been identified in Alzheimer’s patients. Deficiencies are not necessarily caused by lack of consumption but may be stripped by other body functions. This should be thoroughly analyzed to make sure that proper amounts are being consumed. The nutrients listed show to be the most common deficiencies in autopsies performed on Alzheimer’s victims.

    The following B vitamins build red blood cells. They also prevent memory loss and stroke. B1 Thiamin prevalent in green peas, lean pork, macadamia nuts, navy beans, squash, sunflower seeds, and whole wheat products such as bread and flakes. B2 Riboflavin provided by hard boiled eggs, parmesan cheese, portabella mushrooms, roquefort cheese, sesame cheese, spinach and other dark leafy vegetables.

    B3 Niacin supplied by asparagus, bacon, broccoli, chicken, coffee, kidney beans, mushrooms, turkey, sweet peppers and wild game. B6 Pyridoxine found in avocado, bacon, dried apricots, light meat poultry, pistachio nuts, prunes, raisins and sunflower seeds. B12 Cobalamin provide by all bran, beef, eggs, mozzarella, parmesan and Swiss cheese, skim milk and soy milk. 

    Beta carotene an antioxidant  which stops the damage done by free radicals is found in fruits and vegetables with orange, red, yellow and deep green flesh. Once beta carotene hits the digestive system it is transformed into retinol (Vitamin A) with none of the negative side effects caused by overdosage of Vitamin A supplements. Choline an essential water soluble nutrient which enhances brain health, intelligence and synaptic brain cell connections can be found in braunschweiger, egg yolks, shiitake mushrooms and soybean oil. Co-Enzyme Q 10 transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells including brain cells. It is found in chicken, corn oil, sesame, soy, spinach and all dark green leafy produce, sweet potatoes, turkey and walnuts.

    Evening Primrose Oil which boosts nerve transmission is made from the seeds of the wildflower itself. Folic Acid which like co-enzyme Q 10 transports oxygen from the lungs to all body and brain cells is found in asparagus, avocado, beets, berries, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, nuts, okra, papaya, peas, seeds, squash and yeast. Ginkgo Biloba increases blood flow to the brain  and can be found in the leaves of the Japanese tree by the same name. Ginkgo biloba has proved to improve brain function in those suffering from active cases of Alzheimer’s.

    L-Carnitine delays cognitive decline and is found in asparagus, beef, chicken breast, greens including spinach and okra.  Selenium reduces inflammation throughout the body and the brain and is found in dirt, water, Brazil nuts, eggs, dark meat poultry, garlic, onions,  pork tenderloin, sunflower seeds and  whole wheat products. Sulfur prevents brain and tissue disintegration and is amply supplied by eggs and found in smaller amounts in garlic and onions. Copper depletes the body’s store of sulfur.

    Vitamin C which is an antioxidant is found in berries, broccoli, citrus fruit, green peas, kiwi, mango, pineapple, tomato and sweet peppers including bell, hatch and pimento. Vitamin E which regulates circulation is provided by almonds, avocado, broccoli, hazel nuts, olive oil, papaya, parsley, spinach and all dark green leafy vegetables and wheat germ oil. Zinc which is a trace mineral regulates enzymes and hormones and is found in almonds, beef short ribs, cashews, chocolate, cocoa, kidney beans, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds and yogurt. The Ash Center has the daily recommended allowances of the nutrients listed above for Alzheimer’s patients which should be followed by all adults in an effort to prevent Alzheimer’s.




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