Four million Americans are stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. While homeopathy has been shown to be ineffective in the treatment of dementia, the theory of mitochondrial aging may provide some insight into its prevention. Possible contributing dietary factors include advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), steroid hormones in dairy (see videos here, here), blue-green algae supplements, spirulina, copper in meat, dark fish (such as salmon), and aluminum in cheese. On the other hand, coffee, tofu and other soy foods, vitamin D and B12 supplements, apples (see also here), and aspirin naturally found in plant foods may play a role in preventing dementia. Phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables, varied into a cognitive portfolio, may also play role in delaying the onset of dementia. In terms of treating Alzheimer’s, the spice saffron appears to work better than a placebo and just as effectively as Aricept – a leading pharmaceutical drug. Exercise (see videos here, here) may even help reverse mild cognitive decline.

Dr. Greger covers dementia 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.

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Watch videos about dementia

  • 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
  • Is Homeopathy Just Placebo?
    Is Homeopathy Just Placebo?
    A review of the best science on the usefulness of homeopathy to treat a variety of conditions.
  • Is blue-green algae good for you?
    Is blue-green algae good for you?
    The potential neurotoxicity of blue-green algae supplements remains a concern.
  • Dairy Hormonal Interference
    Dairy Hormonal Interference
    Concern that the consumption of cow's milk can upset our body's hormonal balance.
  • Hormones in Skim vs. Whole Milk
    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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