One out of every 10 people over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease. During the first stage of Alzheimer’s, people start forgetting names; lose their glasses, struggle in day to day work and so on. I discussed pre warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s in my previous post, which I feel is very essential for you to have knowledge about the very disease. If you are looking ways to avoid becoming an Alzheimer’s statistic, consider some of these promising and inexpensive ways to prevent or slow down this devastating disease.
Aspirin: If trying to remember your grocery list gives you a headache, you might reach for some Aspirin. According to some studies, if you took Aspirin every day, you might remember that list more easily. Studies reveal that inflamed brain tissue contributes to Alzheimer’s. Long term use of Aspirin could help prevent the structural neurodegeneration of the brain.
If you are thinking to take Aspirin for the treatment, you are advised to talk with your doctor. Don’t start taking medicine without your physician’s advice. Aspirin can cause serious side effects, like stomach irritation and bleeding.
Vitamin E: Inexpensive and widely available, Vitamin E supplements show great promise for slowing down the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. In a recent study, people with moderate cases of Alzheimer’s were given 2,000 international units (IU) of vitamin E a day. As a result, they were able to care for themselves an average of seven months longer than those who didn’t take the vitamin.
A 2000-IU dose of vitamin E is much larger than the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) and could cause bleeding problems. Talk with your doctor before taking such large doses. If you want to get more Vitamin E naturally, eat soybeans, green leafy vegetables, wheat germs, whole grain cereals, peanut butter, nuts, and eggs.
Hormones: Latest research published in Front Neuroendocrinol. 2009 suggests that sex steroid hormones have protective effect in improving your memory. In a recent study, women who took estrogen were one third less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than women who didn’t take the hormone. Women’s are not the only ones to benefit from a memory improving hormone. Older men who were given testosterone supplements improved their memory as well.
Beta Carotene: keeping your memories may be as simple as munching some carrots. A recent study found that beta carotene, a substance found in carrots and other brightly colored fruits and vegetables may help protect you from memory loss and other forms of mental impairment.
A study published in Reuters states that beta carotene may be an important weapon in warding off memory problems that may foreshadow Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
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In another study researchers studied more than 5000 people ages 55-95. They found that those whose diets included the most beta carotene were the least likely to have problems with memory, attention span, and other mental disabilities.
But if you despise carrots, don’t despair. You can also get beta carotene in dark green vegetables, like spinach and broccoli, and in yellow or orange fruits and vegetables, like apricots and sweet potatoes.
Ginkgo: You may be able to leave your memory problems behind with the help of ginkgo or maidenhair tree, the oldest living species of tree. It is also, one of the 10 best-selling herbal medications in the United States. Researcher say ginkgo widens blood vessels, which increase blood flow throughout your body. More blood flowing to your brain means clearer thinking and better memory. Ginkgo has been shown to improve lack of concentration and energy, confusion, absent-mindedness, anxiety, dizziness, and headache. According to American Family Physician ginkgo has modest effects on improving the symptoms of dementia and cerebral insufficiency.
Vitamin B: These vitamins are particularly vital to your brain’s health and keeping your memory sharp. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) helps your body in synthesis of neurotransmitter chemicals that help carry messages between nerves of your brain. If you are a vegetarian, you may need to take supplements, since B12 is only found in foods from animals. Although, RDA for Vitamin B12 is only 2.4 mcg; some memory experts recommended 100-even 1,000 mcg daily. Good food sources of vitamin B12 include red meat, salmon and dairy products.
According to Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, low level of cobalamin status is common in Alzheimer’s disease and therefore vitamin B12 has positive effect on memory.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): It helps nerve signals travel from your brain to different parts of your body. You can get thiamine from wheat germ, nuts, beans, and rice.
So far there is no drug available to treat Alzheimer’s disease and only 5 drugs are approved by FDA that may provide temporary relief from the symptoms. Therefore, the best cure of Alzheimer’s disease is prevention, awareness and understanding about its symptoms. The least we can do is we can pay attention towards healthy diet rich in vitamin B, Vitamin E and Beta carotene that has documented role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s.