Dr Oz Alzheimer's Fighting Foods

Dr Oz Foods That Fight Alzheimer's

Dr Oz Says Learn how eating the right combination of 3 super nutrients can deliver a powerful dose of Alzheimer’s prevention.

Studies indicate that a diet rich in folate, found in leafy greens like spinach and kale; vitamin E, found in almonds and hazelnuts; and the Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon may lower your risk for Alzheimer's by more than 1/3. Dr Oz Alzheimer's Fighting Recipes he shared with us today along with a list of foods to help ward of Alzheimer's.

Dr Oz said today that Alzheimer's affects 5 million people in the United States alone. Alzheimer's is one of the most feared diseases in the world. New research suggests that the power to prevent this debilitating illness may lie within the foods we eat. A recent study demonstrates how a dietary combination of 3 key nutrients might create a potent potion against this frightening ailment.

Dr Oz What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory, thinking skills and over time, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living. Symptoms of AD usually first appear after age 60. Although there are some medical treatments to slow the progression of this disease, no cure currently exists.

Dr Oz Early Signs Of Alzheimer's

Checklist of the seven early signs of Alzheimer's can help you decide whether you or a family member needs further attention. Do you:
Ask the same questions over and over?
Repeat the same story over and over (and not because your kids are tuning you out yet again)?
Forget how to do something that you normally can do easily?
Get lost in familiar surroundings?
Misplace things often?
Neglect to bathe?
Rely on someone else to make decisions you'd normally make yourself?

A revelatory study on lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by ingesting certain nutrients was published in the April 2010 issue of Archives of Neurology and suggests that a diet combining key superfoods may actually prevent Alzheimer’s.

The nutrients identified – folate, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids – are all believed to reduce inflammation, which has been shown to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Oz had a grocery bag with what he called Alzheimer's fighting foods, superfoods that you eat together because they work together to ward off Alzheimer's

3 key nutrients

High levels of this amino acid in the blood have been linked to reducing Alzheimer’s disease, creating plaque that is less toxic, or inflammatory. Leafy greens such as;

1. kale
2. spinach are high in folate.
3. Black-eyed peas,
4. Great northern white beans and other legumes are also rich in this valuable nutrient.

Dr Oz Vitamin E For Alzheimers

vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, may also help fight the formation of plaque buildup seen in Alzheimer’s patients.

Nuts such as;

1. Almonds
2. Hazelnuts
3. Sunflower seeds
4. Sweet potatoes
5. Olive oil are all foods rich in vitamin E.

Dr Oz Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Alzheimers

Dr Oz says to eat cold-water fish such as salmon and sardines are high in omega-3s, and so is flaxseed oil. Many nuts such as walnuts and almonds contain high levels of omega-3s and also vitamin E, making them solid choices that do double duty in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer's Genetic Risk
Genes aren't destiny. But much of a person's risk for Alzheimer's disease is inherited. Will you ever get Alzheimer's disease? Genetics may have the answer. The genes you've inherited carry most of the risk. Close relatives of people with Alzheimer's disease are at much higher risk of getting the disease than people without such a relative. What it does not mean is that if you have such a relative, you're doomed to get Alzheimer's. 'Genetic' does not mean cast in stone.

Obesity and Alzheimer's
Today’s obesity epidemic may be tomorrow’s Alzheimer’s epidemic. The high insulin levels seen in obese people may mean a high risk of Alzheimer's disease. Today's obesity epidemic may be tomorrow's Alzheimer's disease epidemic, a new study shows.

People with diabetes are at particularly high risk of Alzheimer's disease. But now there's strong evidence that people with high insulin levels -- long before they get diabetes -- already are on the road to Alzheimer's disease.

As the body becomes more and more overweight, it becomes more and more resistant to the blood-sugar-lowering effects of insulin. To counter this insulin resistance, the body keeps making more insulin. If it continues, this escalating cycle of insulin resistance and insulin production end in type 2 diabetes.

Genetic risk: Apo E gene
A risk factor gene already identified makes one form of a protein called apolipoprotein E (ApoE). Having this gene doesn’t mean you will definitely develop AD; it only increases the risk. The majority of AD cases are late-onset, usually developing after age 65. Late-onset AD has no known cause and shows no obvious inheritance pattern. However, in some families, clusters of cases are seen. Although a specific gene has not been identified as the cause of late-onset AD, genetic factors do appear to play a role in the development of this form of AD. Only one risk factor gene has been identified so far.

Researchers have identified an increased risk of developing late-onset AD related to the apolipoprotein E gene found on chromosome 19. People inherit one APOE allele from each parent. Having one or two copies of the e4 allele increases a person's risk of getting AD. That is, having the e4 allele is a risk factor for AD, but it does not mean that AD is certain.

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Research has been done to link physical activity and the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Adults who are physically active may be less likely to get Alzheimer's disease or dementia than adults who are not physically active.5 Moderate activity is safe for most people, but it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.

There is also good evidence that older adults who stay mentally active may be at lower risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.6, 7 Regularly reading newspapers, books, and magazines, playing cards and other games, working crossword puzzles, going to museums, and doing other social activities, and even actively watching television or listening to the radio may help you avoid symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Although this "use it or lose it" approach has not been proved, no harm can come from regularly putting your brain to work.

Research has also shown that people who eat more fruits and vegetables, high-fiber foods, fish, and omega-3 rich oils (sometimes known as the Mediterranean diet) and who eat less red meat and dairy may have some protection against dementia. But the reason for this is still being studied.8, 9

As we learn more about the causes of Alzheimer's disease, we also may learn more about how to prevent the disease. Drugs now in development to prevent the formation of neurofibrillary "tangles" or amyloid plaques that damage the nerve cells in the brain may someday be used in people who are at risk for Alzheimer's.

Research into a vaccine for Alzheimer's disease is ongoing.