Category Archives: Dementia / Alzheimer’s

9 Top Foods To Boost Your Brainpower

By Dr. Mercola

If you could protect your brain against degeneration, nourish your neurons and even boost the production of neurotransmitters just by eating more delicious whole foods… would you do it?

There’s good news for those of you who said yes… you certainly can boost your brainpower with the foods you eat. And if you’re wondering which foods are best for your brain, check out the top nine below.

Eat More of These Top 9 Foods for Brainpower

1. Curry

Curry contains turmeric, a spice that in turn contains the anti-inflammatory antioxidant curcumin. Curcumin is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, which is one reason why it holds promise as a neuroprotective agent in a wide range of neurological disorders.

Research has shown that curcumin may help inhibit the accumulation of destructive beta amyloids in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients, as well as break up existing plaques.1 Curcumin has even been shown to boost memory and stimulate the production of new brain cells, a process known as neurogenesis.

A word to the wise… some curry powders may contain very little curcumin compared to straight turmeric powder, so choose the latter for the best health benefits.

2. Celery

Celery is a rich source of luteolin, a plant compounds that may calm inflammation in your brain, which is a primary cause of neurodegeneration. Luteolin has also been linked with lower rates of age-related memory loss in mice.2 In addition to celery, peppers and carrots are also good sources of luteolin.

3. Broccoli and Cauliflower

Broccoli and cauliflower are good sources of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development. Choline intake during pregnancy “super-charged” the brain activity of animals in utero, indicating that it may boost cognitive function, improve learning and memory,
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How Agricultural Chemicals and Hospital Stays Contribute to Alzheimer’s

By Dr. Mercola

It is projected that Alzheimer’s will affect one in four Americans in the next two decades, rivaling the current prevalence of obesity and diabetes. At present, the disease afflicts about 5.4 million Americans.

One of the potential reasons for the skyrocketing increase in Alzheimer’s may be related to rising glyphosate residues in our food supply. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, used in ever-increasing amounts on genetically engineered (GE) crops.

Glyphosate is a potent mineral chelator, binding up minerals like zinc and manganese from being used by the plant, or anyone who eats the plant since it is impossible to wash off glyphosate as it becomes integrated into all the plant cells. Zinc deficiency in turn, is thought to contribute to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

There is still no known cure for Alzheimer’s, and very few treatments. Alzheimer’s drugs are often of little to no benefit, which underscores the importance of prevention. Fortunately, there’s compelling research showing that your brain has great plasticity and capacity for regeneration, which you control through your diet and lifestyle choices.

Avoiding gluten appears to be of critical importance, as is making sure you’re getting plenty of healthful fats (including demonized saturated fats). Fasting also has a remarkably beneficial influence on your brain health. At the end of this article, I share my best tips for avoiding this devastating brain disorder. Click here to read the rest of the article.

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10 Ways Living with Alzheimer’s Disease Is Like Training for a Marathon

Below is a wonderful blog posting from the website The Dementia Queen.  This blog has a tremendous amount of useful information for those who are struggling with the issue of dementia. Please forward this blog posting and website to anyone you may know who is experiencing this fight.

I have been running for most of my adult life.  For all the physical benefits that come with pounding the pavement several hours a week, I find that the ability to push beyond my perceived limits is the most valuable element inherent in distance running.  In order to go the distance, my mental determination and focus need to be at least as durable as my physical strength.  In some cases, more so.

When I talk to my friends living with Alzheimer’s disease, I find myself repeating idioms and axioms prolific in the running world.  I repeat words of encouragement, about digging deep, about never giving up.  I remind myself of a coach, hoping to instill enough motivation to see the person through another challenge, up a big hill, or over another hurdle.  I remind them that this disease will require sustained effort to manage, and will deplete their reserves unless they are routinely replenished.

Some of my favorite running quotes that I sometimes share with my Alzheimer’s friends:

”Ask yourself:  ’Can I give more?’.  The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”  – Paul Tergat, a professional marathoner from Kenya

“I had as many doubts as anyone else.  Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.”    -Alberto Salazar, three-time winner of the NYC marathon

“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.”
-Lynn Jennings

One caveat worth mentioning: For the 10 similarities listed below, there are thousands of ways that distance running and the Alzheimer’s journey differ- the most glaringly obvious being that marathon training is a choice.

No one ever chooses Alzheimer’s.

Here are 10 ways that the Alzheimer’s battle resembles marathon training: Click here to read the rest of the blog.

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Can Diet Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Kristen Stewart from

Experts are studying how diet may affect the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Learn the latest research into this memory-robbing disease.

Little in life is as scary as the idea of forgetting our loved ones, our histories, and ourselves. Yet that is exactly what is happening to the more than 5 million people in North America suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Mild forgetfulness in the early years of the disease slowly expands to include serious problems with memory, language, and abstract reasoning until eventually this brain disorder robs its victims of the ability to function.

Despite extensive research, both cause and cure for Alzheimer’s disease remain elusive. Experts theorize that a complicated combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors result in cognitive decline, though they are still working on exactly how it happens and what can be done to prevent it.

One logical area of exploration is diet. While there have been no definitive breakthroughs yet, there are certain foods that are being carefully studied for their specific relationship to Alzheimer’s.

Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and B Vitamins

“A few studies found a correlation between high dietary fish with omega-3 fatty acid intake and a decrease in developing Alzheimer’s,” says Tara Harwood, registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “However, more studies must be conducted before any conclusions can be drawn.”

High levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood, have been associated with the risk of dementia. One avenue being examined is whether increasing intake of folate and vitamins B6 and B12, which break down homocysteine, can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. “Neither vitamin B6 or B12 supplementation has been proven effective,” says Harwood, “but data from one study found a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s for individuals with the highest folate intake.”  Click here to read on.

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Alzheimer’s caregiver shares her family’s story

At some point, many caregivers speak of their lives entering a “new normal.” I believe what they’re referring to is entering a time when normal refers to uncertainty, unpredictably and transitions — lots of them.

Transitions are developments triggered by change — a change that must then be incorporated into one’s life. For caregivers, this transition might be the addition of a new responsibility, loss of personal time and independence, or a change in a relationship that once offered security.

Carol is a beautiful woman I know. She’s creative, intelligent and ambitious. She’s a passionate advocate for enhancing the lives of Minnesota families impacted by Alzheimer’s. During a recent conversation, Carol shared with me that the most difficult thing about being a caregiver to her husband with young-onset Alzheimer’s is all of the transitions you go through.

“Even though you can be mentally prepared and realize that the change is coming, you’re never emotionally prepared when it happens. Every time a big transition occurs I cry, mourn the loss, and then roll up my sleeves and figure out what changes I need to make for the new normal,” Carol said.

She described how some transitions are predictable, while others are unforeseen and likely to go unnoticed by those not directly walking this journey. What follows are some of the transitions Carol experienced. If you’re a caregiver, I suspect a couple of these will resonate deeply with you.

The changes before the diagnosis
It’s not very often that we think of a momentous transition happening before a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is made. Click here to read the rest of the story.

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