6 Ways to Alleviate Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
By Lilla Bessenyei
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Its symptoms develop slowly and unfortunately, there is no cure. Alzheimers is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. While there are some treatments available, which may slow the progression of this disease, knowing that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease makes putting a stronger emphasis on prevention that much more important.
1. Use It or Lose It
Keeping your mind active amplifies it’s vitality and reduce the risk of dementia. Increased vitality can build the brain’s reserves of cells and connections.
Try to memorize new things like quotes, poems, songs or learn to play an instrument, or even get involved in learning a new language. Mental stimulation can help improve your brain health and cognition.
2. Add Turmeric to Your Diet
Curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Its’ highly lipophilic (only lipophilic substances can pass the blood-brain-barrier), which can improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. In addition, ar-turmerone, another fat soluble compound found in turmeric can enhance the proliferation of neural stem cells and the formation of new, healthy brain cells.
Try to incorporate more turmeric in your diet with juicing, smoothies, turmeric water, or just try out some traditional indian dishes.
3. Coenzyme q10 (otherwise known as CoQ10)
Studies have shown that decreased function of mitochondria and reactive oxygen species are linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists found out that coenzyme q10 can reduce the amyloid plaque built up in the brain. It can also help mitochondrias with energy production and protects them from free radicals. Healthy mitochondria in your brain equals younger and better memory.
Eat more sesame seeds, pistachios, oranges, broccoli, cauliflower and strawberries.
4. Gingko Biloba
This plant can be beneficial for many reasons. It can improve blood circulation in the brain, help improve mitochondria and may also act on brain signaling pathways, similar to antidepressants. Many people supplement with 120-140 mg. of Gingko daily, but be sure to speak with your healthcare professional before adding in any new supplements to your routine.
5. Drink more juice
Research supports the fact that fruit and vegetable juices with phenolic compounds can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. People who drink 3 or more glasses of juice per week has 50% lower prevalence of this neurodegenerative disease. Polyphenols which are found in blackcurrants, blueberries, bilberries can inhibit the formation of amyloid plaques.
Fruits, vegetables and spices are naturally high in polyphenols. Great sources of polyphenols are: cloves, peppermint, blackcurrants, blueberries, green tea, rosemary, flax seeds, dark chocolate.
6. Move your body
Recent experimental data shows that physical exercise reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s by 50%. Move your body more often, or try to find a physical activity you enjoy. Any physical activity can be beneficial.
Some Juicey Benefits
Beets boost brain circulation; orange and broccoli are high in CoQ10; turmerics many benefits are mentioned above; spinach contains folate, which is beneficial for your memory; parsley is loaded with vitamin C and is an important antioxidant to keep your brain young and healthy.
Juice for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- 1 beet
- 1 orange
- 1 cup of broccoli
- 3 inches of turmeric
- 1 cup of spinach
- Bunch of parsley
- Wash and prep all ingredients; juice and enjoy!
Lilla Bessenyei is a pharmacist and writer. It has been through her own experience that she realized that health and happiness start with what you put in your body and mind - including your thoughts. She is an avid researchers and has learned a lot about health and medicine. In her studies, she found that cultivating healthy emotions were just as important (if not more so) as a healthy diet. She is a fitness junkie, enjoys the numerous benefits of a vegan diet and enjoys helping people discover true health and happiness.
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