Alzheimer’s disease is both heart wrenching and destructive to those who suffer from it, and the friends and family around them. However, it is not a fate that we are all destined to encounter, even hereditary risks can me minimised and countered. How you may ask? With a healthy diet and fresh juice.
As we age it becomes harder to stay healthy. It is a constant worry for many of us, and can often have us floundering about for answers – especially once potential health problems start becoming a reality. One often age related problem, that is certainly no joke, is Alzheimer’s disease. It is a degenerative disease of the brain that can rip lives and families apart. I don’t think we would be wrong in saying that it is one of the most dreaded diseases of the modern age, and it is a disease that is becoming more and more prevalent in an ever aging population. Fortunately Alzheimer’s disease is not an inevitability, and there are ways to minimise the risk of its development, including through a healthy diet.
One major way to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s is to reduce, or better yet, completely replace your dairy and meat intake with fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds and nuts. Why? Because meat and dairy contain extremely high amounts of iron, and whilst a small amount are good for us, too much causes oxidant damage to the brain.
Saturated fats and trans-fats, also sometimes called ‘partially hydrogenated oil’, all work to damage the brain and increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Such fats have been shown to shrink the brain, increasing its risk factor. Cutting out processed and fatty food from your diet can help minimise this risk.
It is not well known, but many food products actually contain trace amounts of aluminium. Although the role of aluminium in Alzheimer’s is not fully understood, a negative link has been found. By avoiding products that usually contain them, and opting for their aluminium-free varieties, you can minimise your brains exposure to the metal.
The body doesn’t need a great deal of iron and copper, and they can be easily obtained in healthy amounts through a proper and healthy diet. Taking supplements can cause an excess, which in turn can cause oxidant damage to the brain.
Vitamin E is essential for keeping your brain healthy and in order. You can get vitamin E from leafy greens, seeds, nuts and whole grains.
Antioxidants help protect the entire body on a cellular level. They do this by preventing and neutralising aggressive free-radical particles within the body. Free-radicals cause oxidant damage to the brain, which is a known factor in the development of Alzheimer’s. It’s pretty easy to get antioxidants, they are found in pretty much every piece of fruit and vegetable out there – and there is no upper limit to the amount you can have.
As we age, it becomes much harder for the body to absorb vitamin B12, yet it becomes no less important to our health. To offset this, make a conscious effort to include B12 fortified foods, or a B12 supplement as part of your daily diet.
By harnessing this knowledge, and using as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, it is possible to minimise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is not an inevitable part of life, and by making the effort, you can give your mind the best fighting chance it has of preventing it.