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Alzheimer’s Disease

I would like to provide recognition to all those who have suffered from Alzheimer ’Dementia and to their caregivers who stood by them lovingly throughout the physical and emotional challenges of this illness.

Currently an estimated 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer‚Äôs dementia. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is projected to reach 12.7 million.

While dementia is a general term, Alzheimer’s disease is a specific brain disease marked by symptoms of dementia such as decline in memory, changes in thinking or reasoning, decreased focus and attention, or changes in language and behavior.

Alzheimer’s gradually worsens overtime and can be detected as early as age 40. More women than men are affected. Major risk factors are age, family history, and genetics. While researchers are still searching for a cure there, is none yet to stop the brain from declining or the aging process. However, healthcare practitioners lean on nutrition (food and supplements) in the management of cognitive health.

Researchers found that eating a Mediterranean diet slows some changes in the brain that may indicate early Alzheimer’s disease. The results point to a lifestyle change that could help reduce the risk of this type of age-related dementia.

https://oldwayspt.org/traditional-diets/mediterranean-diet

Additionally, nutrients as dietary supplements have also been researched to support brain health and other health conditions that can contribute to cognitive decline.

Here is a chart that demonstrates the role of nutrients in foods and dietary supplements that may support brain health.

 

 

 

Food + Supplements = Total Nutrition

 

NUTRIENT REASON  FOOD SUPPLEMENTS        OTHER
B-Vitamins:

B-12

B-6

Folic Acid

TMG (Trimethylglycine)-Betaine

Vitamin B-15

Energy production

May lower homocysteine reducing risk of heart attack and stroke

Liver, clams, oyster, potatoes, banana, rice, cereal, peas, lentils Multivitamin

 

Fortified Foods

 

 

Suggested Intake:

 

B-12(800mcg)

B-6 (40mg)

Folic Acid (400mcg

  Omega-3 (DHA/EPA) 60% of brain is fat

 

DHA may be associated with dementia decline

 

Anti-inflammatory

 

Positive studies on heart health.

More long term for brain health

Fatty Fish:

Salmon, sardines, trout, cod

 

Vegetarian:

Ground flaxseed, canola, soybean, oils, walnuts

 

Fish Oil:

Liquid, soft gels, chews,

 

Vegetarian:

Algae, flaxseed, perilla, hemp oil

Suggested intake:

 

EPA/DHA (500mg)

(2 servings fatty fish)

 

EPA/DHA (1000mg)

(Heart health)

May cause bleeding in high doses. Discontinue prior to surgery

*Read labels

3,000mg fish oil=1,000mg Omega-3

Mercury Free

Phosphatidylserine (PS) Fat-like substance in cell membranes

 

May increases neuron transport and communication

Cow brains, Soy lecithin, egg yolks, chicken, and beef liver Soft gels, tablets

 

 

Lecithin granules/capsules

Difficult to get adequate amounts from food sources alone.
Huperzine A

 

Chinese herb Huperzia serrata

 

Cholinesterase inhibitor (delay breakdown acetylcholine, a brain neurotransmitter

Club moss Capsules Avoid if taking cholinesterase inhibitors

 

May interact with insulin/oral hypoglycemic agents

Ginkgo biloba Most clinically tested in Europe for cerebral insufficiency

 

May improve cognition

 

May thin blood

Ginkgo biloba nuts and seeds Leaf extracts in tablets, capsules or teas Avoid if bleeding, clotting disorders or anticipating surgery.

 

Be aware of possible interactions with medications

 

Turmeric Root (Curcumin) Anti-inflammatory

 

Antioxidant

 

May reduces beta-amyloid and plaque

 

May boost BDNF.

(Brain Derived              Neurotropic Factor)

Spice (curry) – Indian and Asian foods

 

Natural food coloring (yellow) or flavor enhancement

 

 

Extracts in capsules  Data observational

more research needed

 

Caution: when taking blood sugar lowering meds or supplements

 

Be aware of possible interactions with medications

Caffeine Stimulant-energy

blocks sleep adenosine

 

Antioxidant-brain cell protection

 

Increases acetylcholine and cortical activity

Coffee, tea, soft drinks Not recommended Moderate amounts only.

Adults = 300mg/day

 

Flavonoids

(Dark Chocolate)

 

Antioxidant

 

Magnesium/Copper (neurotransmitters)

 

Stearic acid

(cholesterol)

 

May improve mood cognition, blood flow, HDL

Dark Chocolate

(active = cocoa)

 

Provides feeling of satiety

 

May reduces food craving and overeating

 

 

Replacement for other sweets Moderate amounts

1.5 ‚Äď 3 ounces

 

High amounts increase calories

 

Milk chocolate:

Less cocoa, high saturated fat and sugar

 

White chocolate:

No cocoa, high saturated fat and sugar

  Aluminum

There has been very little or no evidence linking Aluminum to Alzheimer’s Disease. However, avoid if possible. Use sea salt instead of table salt and caution when using nondairy creamers, antacids, cans, certain cookware, and antiperspirants.

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.alz.org/media/Documents/alzheimers-facts-and-figures.pdf

Maglione, Jeanne Marie, MS, RDN, Nutrition for Cognitive Health, Today’s Dietitian
Vol. 12 No. 1 P. 20, January 2010, https://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/011110p20.shtml

 

Stop by Millers Pharmacy, a Daywel Company to speak with our Nutritionist or Pharmacist about natural solutions for Brain Health.

 

 

This information is for educational purposes only. Millers Pharmacy a Daywel Company does not claim to cure any cause, condition, or disease. Please check with your health care practitioner, especially if you have a medical condition, before starting or making changes to any diet, exercise, or lifestyle program.

 

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