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Alzheimer’s Disease 25 July 2009

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is currently the 12th leading cause of death. There is a 1:7 chance of being diagnosed with AD after the age of 65 and a 1:2 chance over the age of 85. The risk of developing AD doubles every 5 years after the age of 65. In the US alone, $100 billion dollars is spent every year on AD health care or lost in earnings.

Currently there is no known cure for AD which is why preventative medicine is so important. The best way to avoid developing AD is to:

  • Take measures to alkalinise the body and avoid over-acidification of tissues.
  • Minimize exposure to environmental toxins, especially heavy metals and pesticides. Taking steps to continually detoxify the body of these environmental hazards is also important. There appears to be a strong link between AD and mercury exposure. The pathological effects of mercury on the brain are identical to the brain abnormalities seen in AD.
  • Curcumin may also have a role in preventing Alzheimers disease because it has been shown to trigger the production of a protein that fights free radical damage in the brain.
  • Brain tissue contains six times more DHEA than any other tissue in the body. Some research has found that DHEA supplementation can help protect against AD.

People with a specific protein in their blood known as apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) have a significantly higher risk of Alzheimers disease than those with other forms of apolipoprotein E. ApoE4 is not as efficient as other apolipoproteins at preventing the formation of the amyloid plaques associated with AD. However research has shown that people with ApoE4 who had the highest levels of beta-carotene had an 89% less risk of cognitive decline. The good news was that even if you don’t have ApoE4, high beta-carotene levels meat an 11% risk reduction.

Blueberries should be a regular part of the diet. Animal studies have shown that rats predisposed to AD had a much lower incidence of the disease if they were fed blueberries.

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