Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The main risks of developing the disease are old age, a family history of the disease, or cardiovascular problems which affect the blood flow of the brain. However, there might be some methods to preserve the health of your brain.
A healthy diet keeps your brain healthy
Many nutritionists suggest that a Mediterranean diet is good to preserve the cognitive abilities until later in life. Therefore, people should opt for these healthy eating habits and consume more fruits and vegetables, and choose lighter meat, such as fish.
A light diet is important to keep the levels of blood sugar in place. This is also an important risk factor for Alzheimer’s. Often, people who end up with the disease have high blood sugar levels. This is why some call Alzheimer’s the type 3 diabetes.
Treating the cause and not the symptom
Many researchers which look for ways to treat Alzheimer’s actually look at how to clear the beta-amyloid deposits which form in the brain. These form as an immune response to an infection. For instance, if you suffer an acute inflammation, infection, or get exposed to a toxic substance, the brain produces these beta-amyloids to help the body get rid of the harmful factors.
However, taking medicine which tries to get rid of these deposits is not effective. If the infection persists in the body, the brain will continue producing beta-amyloids. This is why so many researchers suggest the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a strong immune system in combating and preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Take plenty of nutrients
Thus, people should know what nutrients they need to boost their brain activity. One of the most important is vitamin B. They boost the cognitive activity and prevent the damage usually done by Alzheimer’s disease. People with a high vitamin B intake experience 90 percent less shrinking of the brain than those who do not consume this vitamin.
Also, omega 3 from fish oils is probably the most protective against Alzheimer’s. Also, it prevents inflammation and protects the blood flow in the brain. Omega 3 is good in combination with acetyl-L-carnitine, an amino-acid which works as a memory booster. These nutrients can also prevent other types of dementia, besides Alzheimer’s.
These methods are not 100 percent effective against Alzheimer’s. However, they can help you lower the risk of developing the disease. Live a healthy lifestyle, consume plenty of nutrients, and try to keep your brain healthy by always engaging in cognitive activities.
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