Alzheimer’s disease is one of those things that people would rather not think about. It is, perhaps, the classic illness of old age. Physical frailty is expected, and can be coped with. Mental frailty is much scarier for the sufferer and more demanding for those who have to look after him. It is expensive, too. Alzheimer’s is estimated to cost America alone some $170 billion a year. And it is getting commoner as average lifespans increase. The number of people suffering from the disease is expected to triple by 2050.
The problem of what causes Alzheimer’s is profound. The physical manifestations of the disease that Alois Alzheimer noticed in 1906 are sticky plaques of one type of protein, now known as beta-amyloid, and nerve-cell-engulfing tangles of a second type, called tau protein. Since 1991, the the hypothesis is that the disease is caused by the plaques, and that the tangles are mere consequence.
Whatever the cause, one of the fundamental problems is that, whatever is causing the damage, treatment is starting too late. By the time someone presents behavioral symptoms, such as forgetfulness, his brain is already in a significant state of disrepair. Even a “cure” is unlikely to restore lost function.
If there is no know cure, then what is your alternative? Diet, exercise and mental stimulation seem to be the three ingredients that your body needs to help keep you mentally fit. Adding a natural supplement would also be a great benefit to keeping your mind and memory sharp.
The best thing you can do for your brain is to have a healthy heart. Much of our modern day diseases are caused by free radicals and oxidation in our bodies.In order to prevent the onset of these diseases, eating anti-oxidants on a daily basis is essential.
Anti Oxidants are primarily the vitamins A, C, and E. If you consume the recommended dietary intake of fruits and vegetables then you are probably consuming the recommended amount of vitamins A, C, and E.
Orange colored fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A can be found in cantaloupe, yams, carrots, leafy green vegetables and milk.Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits likes grapefruits and oranges. It can also be found in guava, kiwi, strawberries, potatoes and some cereals.Vitamin E can be found in fish, poultry, wheat germ, nuts and seeds, as well as vegetables and their oils.
In addition to Vitamins A, C and E, there are also benefits in spices and herbs. Turmeric, which can be found in curry, defends the brain from oxidation. You can add this spice to stews, potato salad or any tomato based sauce. Adding herbs like ginseng to improve brain function and antioxidant-rich herbs like rosemary, oregano, caraway, dill and fennel to your meals will do your brain wonders.
Eating oily fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna, which are rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and vitamin B12 will also help you stay mentally fit. These nutrients are especially helpful in the early stages of Alzheimer's. In addition to fish, other good sources of Omega-3's are found in walnuts, avocados, flax seed, and enriched eggs,
An increase in folic acid levels also helps improve your mental capabilities. Folic acid is found in leafy green vegetables, lentils, avocados, bananas, oranges and asparagus.
Also, ginkgo biloba is also useful to promote a healthy memory. Ginkgo biloba can be found in green teas.
Exercise outdoors by walking, swimming, water aerobics, gardening, yoga or meditation. If you do this 3 or 4 times a week your heart and mind will love you for it.
Keep mentally active with jigsaw and crossword puzzles, reading, word games and computer games.
Taking a natural supplement can also help your body stay fit when it comes to your mental health.
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