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Can Diet Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

In News on April 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

More than 5 million people in the United States are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. These people forget memories in their lives, even their loved ones, casting a huge effect on a family. So far there is no foolproof cure for Alzheimer’s, but scientists are now finding out ways to reduce its effects.

Scientists have different theories as to why Alzheimer’s does what it does. A large group of scientists believe that diet has a big link on the reduction of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Some scientists believe that free radicals cause Alzheimer’s. Free-radicals are unstable molecules that are present all around us and can be found in substances  such as cigarette smoke and environmental pollutants.These scientists believe that by eating antioxidant-rich foods, such as berries and fruit, Alzheimer’s patients can cut the effects of free radicals and regain brain functionality. Another group of scientists from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York believe that Alzheimer’s patients kept on a Mediterranean diet will show just as good results. Foods such as beans, vegetables and olive oil seem balanced enough to reduce the effect of Alzheimer’s.

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  1. Let’s hope that something as simple as diet can help. Even a small reduction in the number of people diagnosed each year with Alzheimer’s can add up to tens of thousands of people helped.

  2. Let’s hope that something as simple as diet can make a difference! Even the smallest change in the number of people getting Alzheimer’s Disease can add up to tens of thousands of elderly people helped every year!

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