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

  • 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
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    Dairy Hormonal Interference
    Concern that the consumption of cow's milk can upset our body's hormonal balance.
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    Hormones in Skim vs. Whole Milk
    Genetic manipulation has resulted in cows lactating into the third trimester of pregnancy, leading to milk with abnormally high hormone levels.
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    Aluminum in Vaccines vs. Food
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    Are Iron Pills Good For You?
    A question as to whether cancer and Alzheimer's disease can be considered "ferrotoxic" diseases.
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    Is Coffee Bad For You?
    The cholesterol-raising compounds of coffee are removed by a plain paper filter.
  • Vitamin Supplements Worth Taking
    Vitamin Supplements Worth Taking
    There are two vitamins not produced by plants that may require supplementation.
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