Alzheimer’s Disease is the one disease that concerns many of us more than cancer, possibly because so much is unknown.  Some of the knows about preventing this disease is eating certain foods which deter or stop the advancement of its symptoms.  A Columbia University study showed that eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, fish(omega-3 oil) monosaturated fats, such as olive oil lowered the risk of Alzheimers’s by 40%.  Coconut oil even though it has had a bad rap in the past has a property that is highly benefical for the nerve fibers of the brain.

Other suggestions include following the Mediterranean diet by eating fatty fish such as salmon, herring, white tuna (watch out for mercury); several tablespoons of walnut and almonds, flaxseed, olive oil, intake broccoli, strawberries and other rich vitaminC and E foods (antioxidants like red peppers, strawberries, currants and broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes; foods and liquids high in flavonoids as: apples, berries, pomegranate juice, spinach, garlic, asparagus, onions, brussel sprouts, kidney and lima beans, cabbage, kale, and kohlrabi.

In addition, India cooks with lots of curry and incidence of Alzheimer’s is much lower than many Western nations because it is an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-amyloid compound.  A France study showed three 4 oz.(once) glasses of wine per day reduced risk by 75%.  Aim for 1 glass for females and 2 glasses for males.

Doctors are studying the herb rosemary used in chicken, fish, potatoes or pasta (watch for amount of starchy foods) dishes.  James Duke, PhD, leading botanist in United States, believes years of eating rosemary can reduce chances of Alzheimer’s.  Ginko biloba extract is known  to increase mental cognition.

Even though there are no guarantees, eating and doing some of these things improves one’s health.  Usually eating healthy will drop off any excess weight and studies show this lowers the risk of dealing with any disease.

Source: “Food Cure: Breakthrough Nutritional Prescription for everything from colds to cancer”.  Published by Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. Pleasantville, New York/ Montreal. 2007.

Author’s note:  In the coming months, there will be more articles like this on various subjects.  Also, there are going to be booklets and some articles that show eating healthy not only looses excess weight but controls health and helps keep one off of drugs.