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Alzheimer’s disease

Practically non-existent a century ago, Alzheimer’s disease is now the #6 killer in the U.S. Some dietary components that may increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction include hormones and steroids in dairy, blue-green algae supplements, spirulina, copper (in meat), aluminum (in cheese), and iron (in supplements). However, studies on saffron (see also here), coffee, ginger and apple juice (see also here), vitamins D and B-12, and fruits and vegetables with their component phytonutrients have shown some potential for preventing or slowing down the disease. Exercise has even been shown to reverse mild cognitive decline. Plant-based diets in general may slow aging.

Dr. Greger covers Alzheimer’s disease in his full-length presentation, Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, where he explores the role diet may play in preventing, treating, and even reversing our top 15 killers.

See also the related blog post: Alzheimer’s Disease: Up to half of cases potentially preventable

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Watch videos about Alzheimer’s disease

  • Phytochemicals: The Nutrition Facts Missing From the Label
    Phytochemicals: The Nutrition Facts Missing From the Label
    There are thousands of flavonoid phytonutrients in fruits, vegetables, and other whole plant foods missing from the nutrition labels that may play a role in delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Amyloid and Apple Juice
    Amyloid and Apple Juice
    Ginger and apple juice appear to protect human nerve cells from the neurotoxic Alzheimer's plaque protein amyloid Beta in a petri dish.
  • Saffron Versus Aricept
    Saffron Versus Aricept
    The spice saffron was compared to donepezil (Aricept), a leading drug treatment for slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease cognitive impairment.
  • Saffron for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s
    Saffron for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s
    In a double-blind study, the spice saffron beat out placebo in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease dementia symptoms.
  • Mitochondrial Theory of Aging
    Mitochondrial Theory of Aging
    The role of the detoxifying enzyme superoxide dismutase in staving off aging, cancer, and dementia and what we can do to boost its activity.
  • Reversing Cognitive Decline
    Reversing Cognitive Decline
    Exercise shown to reverse mild cognitive impairment.
  • Dietary Theory of Alzheimer’s
    Dietary Theory of Alzheimer’s
    A provocative theory published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition attempts to explain the dramatic rise in Alzheimer's disease
  • Blue-Green Algae & Spirulina
    Blue-Green Algae & Spirulina
    The risks associated with these supplements may outweigh the benefits.
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