The Fight Against Alzheimer’s and Dementia Begin in the Kitchen

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Dr. Al Sears has an amazing newsletter – it’s actually one of the top three health newsletters online. I strongly urge you to visit the link I just dropped and sign up today. It’ll be the healthiest thing you’ve done in a while.

Dr. Al Sears recently addressed a topic of great interest to all of us: Dementia. He pointed out the fact that most people seem to think there’s simply nothing you can do about this terrible, hideous disease… Pretty much they believe we’re at its mercy.

Dr. Sears believes, as I do, that that’s just this side of hogwash.

He points out a study out of South Korea that found a direct link between the B vitamin, folate deficiency, Alzheimer’s, and age-related dementia. Vitamin B9 is also known as “folic acid,” a different form of B9.

The researchers took 518 people over 65 and monitored them for about two-and-a-half years. Over that time, 45 of them developed dementia, and out of the 45, 34 had Alzheimer’s. The one thing everyone in this group had in common was what the researchers called an “exaggerated” decline in B9 levels compared to the rest of the people in the study.

Meanwhile, those in the study with low levels of B9 had three times the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. This was true even after other factors were taken into account—including age, physical disabilities, alcohol consumption, and weight gain.

So this study would suggest that you can reduce your chance of Alzheimer’s or dementia just by keeping your levels of B9 high. – Al Sears, M.D.

I keep reading about more and more studies linking Dementia to a poor diet, weight problems, and an unimpressive antioxidant intake.

Another very important study of Alzheimer’s Disease addressed the diet and antioxidant intake over a person’s lifetime. The risk of Alzheimer’s disease among those who got enough of the antioxidants vitamin B complex, vitamins C, E, and fish oil was one third of those who did not.

Dr. Sears also details a British study that found a strong link between obesity, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. The researchers of this particular study found that people who are overweight are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as people who stay fit.

Below is the nutritional checklist that we should go by in our fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia – beside each is Dr. Sears’s recommended daily amount:

CoQ10 – 200 mg
Vitamin B12 – 400 mcg
Vitamin B6 – 75 mg
Vitamin C – at least 500 mg minimum, much more is safe (I take 2000 mg per day)
Vitamin E – 400 IU
Folic Acid (B9) – 800 mcg

Folic Acid is a superstar in the health community. Not only is it important in the fight against Alzheimer’s, some studies show that folic acid might help prevent heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. We also know that it helps the body make healthy new cells – that has to be great, right?! Folic Acid can be found in many breakfast cereals, bread, kale, spinach, turnip greens, lettuce, beans, peas, bananas, nuts, asparagus, spaghetti oranges, and broccoli.

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~ Joi

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