Alzheimer’s is one of the major medical problems of our time. This illness causes millions of people confusion, fear and a life lacking of quality, not to mention their families who join the circle of suffering. Studies in recent years reveal the close relationship between diabetes and Alzheimer’s, and show that a significant change in the daily diet can greatly reduce the risk of brain function and dementia.
The link to insulin
Scientists have discovered that Alzheimer’s is basically an initial metabolic disease apparently related to diabetes, so it is also called “diabetes of the brain” or “type 3 diabetes”. This surprising and interesting theory may bring with it hope that proven treatments to help people with diabetes may slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
It is known that a diet low in essential nutrients is one of the reasons for Alzheimer’s, so if we want to lead large-scale preventive action – we should pay attention to what we eat. For more than half of the people who are at risk for Alzheimer’s, it is a preventable disease, if just attention has been given to lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise.
Research found that higher values of insulin can negatively affect brain cells, and that a diet rich in fructose interferes with the long-term ability to learn and remember information. In addition, it was found that the brain of diabetic patients without dementia shrinks 2.5 times faster than normal, especially in the frontal lobe, which often tends to be affected in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and is responsible for decision making, emotional control and long-term memory.
The similar results that were found in patients with diabetes and patients with Alzheimer’s disease may indicate that the same process occurs in both of these situations, and it’s best to balance the body’s insulin function and build a diet which includes as little as possible industrialized carbohydrates that are abounded in fast food.
Fast food, gluten and Alzheimer’s
Study investigating the effects of eating “junk food” on healthy adults found that after only four weeks there were blockages in their spinal fluid, affecting among other things the function of the neurological system. Studies in recent years clearly show that our nutrition has significant impact on brain health.
It has been found that even a relatively small increase in blood sugar levels significantly increases the risk of dementia, even among people who are not diabetics. Therefore, you should avoid processed foods in general and keep a diet rich in fiber.
Also gluten sensitivity, a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye can result in neurological symptoms including dementia, even without signs of sensitivity of the digestive system. High level of carbohydrate in a meal increases the risk of local infections, so it is recommended to gradually replace most of the grains with non-starchy green vegetables that grow above the ground, and some fruits such as apples and berries .
So What should you incorporate the menu?
A study done on mice and published in The FASEB Journal revealed that red wine might put a cork on the formation of brain proteins tied to Alzheimer’s disease. Red wine contains resveratrol, a very powerful antioxidant that affects the brain. Drinking a glass or two of red wine a day have the ability to influence our brain function and quality of life in general. However, excessive use of alcohol will not prevent of course the development of Alzheimer’s disease, as it brings its own damage. Therefore it’s better to consume organic red grape juice that also contains resveratrol, or eat red and black grapes as well as berries. It is important to know that fruits in general consider to be aging inhibitors due to the antioxidants they contain. Other good source of resveratrol is peanuts, which you can eat as a snack or with fruit, but it is very important to check before that you are not allergic to them.
2. Healthy fats
Healthy fats are essential nutrients in general and are essential for brain function, so they are part of the solution. A diet rich in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates is one of the key significant change. Our bodies need a balance between the two types of essential fatty acids – omega 3 which is anti-inflammatory, and omega 6 that promotes inflammation. The ratio in the modern diet went wrong and is entirely too high in omega-6. This situation promotes inflammation and leads to diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, obesity and more. Therefore it is recommended to combine in the menu extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, flax-seed oil or rice bran oil instead of oils that stimulate inflammation such as corn oil.
Coconut oil, which is high in quality saturated fat, contains a special type of fat that provides the fuel for the brain and can especially help Alzheimer’s patients to reduce symptoms. This is because when coconut oil is consumed by Alzheimer’s patients it seemed that healthy parts of the brain work better. The recommended amount is two tablespoons of organic oil a day. You can find more information in my previous article about the experience of Dr. Mary Newport whose husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 51.
Meat from grass fed animals – If you choose to eat meat, try to eat animals that are grass fed and not grain fed (corn), which is very rich in omega- 6.
Fish rich in omega- 3 – Eat salmon and other fish rich in omega- 3, but make sure you that you buy salmon which was not grown in farms and was fed with food rich in omega-6.
Omega- 3 supplement – Take Omega 3 (1-3 grams per day), especially the kind rich in DHA, known as the most important for proper brain function. You can also eat chia seeds and flax-seed that are rich in omega-3 as well as fiber, and buck thorn oil which is rich in vitamins, minerals and Omega 7.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are key components of neurotransmitters in the brain. They also help balance blood sugar levels, ease pain, depression and anxiety. Read here more about omega 3 fish oil health benefits and why it so good for you.
3. Vitamins B and E
B vitamins (B6 , B12) and folic acid are necessary for the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. Supplement of B-complex can also reduce levels of anxiety and stress and improve mood. Also be sure to incorporate in your menu foods containing vitamin E (such as nuts, seeds, avocado and fish) that slows the progression of the disease. Consult with your doctor before taking any supplements.
4. Vitamin D
Scientists now link vitamin D deficiency with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people. The research findings are very valuable and open up fresh possibilities in this area of health care and prevention. You can read the full details in my previous article about this subject. Maintaining proper vitamin D levels is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.
Combine in your menu turmeric, an important anti-inflammatory spice that has been shown to improve Alzheimer symptoms. Turmeric is a powerful and effective spice for many other ailments, and you can read more about it here. You can learn more about turmeric and other herbs in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs. It is a true superfood that is also featured in my e-book about superfoods which is part the Natural Health Revolution Program, a program that will help you to achieve your health, nutrition and weight loss goals.
Avoid cigarettes, alcohol, processed foods and exposure to toxic metals such as aluminum and mercury, and drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
You may also be interested to read about the the amazing findings of Dr. Mary Newport who started treating her husband, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and quickly deteriorated, with coconut oil: