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Helping Prevent Alzheimer’s with Diet and Brain Exercise

Posted Feb 13, 2016

As research continues on Alzheimer’s Disease, it is becoming apparent that diet can certainly affect the onset of this terrible affliction. A type of omega-3 fatty acid (DHA) may slow the growth of one of the two brain lesions that are associated with the onset, not just have a therapeutic affect but can actually help prevent it’s development earlier on in life.

Aside from DHA reducing levels of the Amyloid proteins that deposit on the brain, it helps slow the accumulation of Tau, a protein that leads to the development of neurofibrillary tangles. Such tangles are one of two signature brain lesions of Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamins are important too… I guess Mom was right all those years when she made me take my vitamin tabs, in particular vitamins C, D, E & the Bs.

The long and the short of it is this (seems like it applies to all things healthy)… Keep your brain (& body too) exercised, take your vitamins, eat plenty of red/pink fish through the week (along with other good sources of Omega 3) and enjoy your memories…. especially those of Mom and the Flintstone Vitamins and the glass of orange juice on standby when you were young.

In addition to the benefits of diet, research has recently found that those nasty protein deposits (Amyloid plaques) that form on the brain and that are linked with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease are less likely to develop if you keep yourself mentally challenged.

Prior theories suggested that if you were well educated and kept yourself mentally challenged throughout your life, you had built up “brain reserves” so that you were less affected by these deposits. This latest research is based on brain imaging and suggests that exercising your brain can prevent their formation in the first place.

Read, write, do puzzles, play games – this actually prevents the plaque from forming – how exciting is that!

Currently, there are no drugs that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, which scientists now think begins 10 to 15 years before memory problems set in. This suggests that the sooner we begin the better.

Most of our children have learned, in this age of technology, to multi-task, of a sort; video games, music & TV all at once although, sometimes more quiet and focused activities such as reading or drawing just before falling asleep would probably be a benefit as well.

Bearing all of this in mind, let’s get out there and play, folks!