Reduce the Risk of Alzheimers
What can I do?
There are a number of things you can do to significantly reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease.
- Inflammation. Microgial cells, located in the brain and spinal cord, are the primary source of the
immune system's defense system in the central nervous system. Researchers have found that when the body responds to inflammation microgial cells proliferate and
this proliferation is associated with damage in the brain identified as Alzheimer's.
In mouse Alzheimer models researchers were able to inhibit the CSF1R gene through a dietary tyosine kinase inhibitor which resulted in slowed microgial cell proliferation, which changed the microgial profile from inflammatory to anti-inlammatory.1
Chronic inflammation in the body is caused by an overactive immune system. The new research demonstrates that chronic inflammation is not a result of Alzheimer's but a contributing cause. One way to help avoid this situation is to cut down on inflammation-causing foods in our diet.2
These foods include:
- White sugar
- White flour and other refined grains Note: In 2016 Canadian scientists reported that a highly refined extract of maple syrup reduced the activity of a particular protein found in Alzheimer's patient's brains. This is not the same as the maple syrup you pour on your pancakes.
- Dairy products
- Grain-fed meat, ie, beef coming from cattle in CAFOs
- Tropical fruits such as bananas, oranges, mangos, papayas, pineapples (unless your ancestry is from hot climates)
- Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils and oils heated for frying.
- Challenge your mind regularly, for example:
- mental or logic games, such as playing chess
- taking classes, such as learning a new language
- learn a new musical instrument
- Get plenty of physical exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming which is vital because it is a preventative against other factors that can
contribute to alzheimer's such as:
- Excess weight
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Vitamin deficiences can cause symptoms similar to Alzheimer's Disease,
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Vitamin B1 deficiency
- Low folic acid
1. Adrian Olmos-Alonso, et al, Pharmacological targeting of CSF1R inhibits microglial proliferation and prevents
the progression of Alzheimer's-like pathology,
Brain, January, 2016.
2. Carolyn Gregoire, Scientists May Have Just Discovered the Key to Halting Alzheimers, Huffpost Science, January, 2016.