Part 2: Natural Ways to Protect Your Body Against Alzheimer's.
As we previously talked about, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is being called Type 3 diabetes and being associated with conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, diabetes, smoking, and dyslipidemia. As protective factors, researchers found out that patients with intellectually enriched lives have reduced risk of developing AD and less decline in cognitive function. Physical activities such as gardening and exercising (especially associated with aerobic activities) are found to be protective of the disease. Dancing, playing board games and/or a musical instrument may help decrease the risk of the disease. Reading newspapers, magazines and books are associated with decrease of AD occurrence. So, get out there and be mentally and physically active: you will have decrease risk of several serious chronic conditions, including Alzheimer's. In addition, it is known that 1/4 of all dementias are caused by nutritional factors which may be partially reversible: increase intake of saturated and trans-unsaturated fats is associated with increasing risk of AD. Dietary recommendations includes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, omega-3 sources such as salmon, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. Basically, decrease your intake of processed refined foods and increase your intake of fresh produce. Your B, C and E Vitamins are protective. Certain herbs such as sage and curcumin are known for helping with cognitive function and/or decrease inflammation and oxidative damage. A healthy lifestyle will do wonders for you, not only in prevention of heart problems and diabetes! Eat healthy and live well!
It is very important to consult a physician before starting or stopping any medication. I would suggest you speak with a physician before starting or stopping supplements, such as vitamins or herbs, as well.