Tuesday, February 19, 2008
may be a chronic condition in which changes begin in midlife or even earlier." That quote, from Dr. John C Morris, director of Washington University's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, appeared in a recent
As anyone who's ever cared for someone with (AD) knows, erratic eating behavior is typical of AD patients. Naturally, poor nutrition follows. To investigate exactly which nutrients AD patients may need the most; researchers at the University of Montreal recruited 36 patients in the early stages of AD, along with their caregivers. For comparison, nearly 60 healthy subjects were also recruited. These control subjects were in good cognitive health and matched to age with the AD subjects.
Over 18 months, researchers interviewed all of the subjects and their caregivers at least four times to assess dietary and supplement intake. Results showed significant differences between the two groups, with the healthy subjects getting considerably more calories and nutrients from their diets and supplement regimens.
AD subjects had lower intake of dietary fiber and protein, and were found to be generally deficient in these nutrients: article. And the message couldn't be clearer: Protect yourself now to alleviate problems later.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- Omega-3 fatty acids
The study isn't the first evidence we've seen that connects poor nutrition to Alzheimer's.
In the report "Early Bird" (4/26/07), Canadian research revealed deficient levels of DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid) in elderly patients with various types of dementia. In a follow up study, researchers analyzed ten years of data taken from more than 1,100 elderly men and women. Results showed that those with high levels of DHA had nearly 50 percent reduced risk of developing AD.
In addition to improving the diets of AD patients, supplementation with sage extract and lemon balm might also be beneficial in controlling the advance of AD, according to research detailed in the e-Alert "Riders of the Purple Sage" (9/29/05). A team of scientists at the Medical Plant Research Centre (MPRC) in the have shown that sage inhibits an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase (AChE), which breaks down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter chemical that's typically deficient in Alzheimer's patients.
For several years, MPRC director Elaine Perry has led her team in researching a variety of botanicals in the treatment of Alzheimer's. Most notably, Professor Perry has presented data that shows sage extract to have a significant effect on behavior and attention in AD patients. And when lemon balm is added to sage, the combination may improve memory and mood. Professor Perry told Reuters Health: "Lemon balm reduced agitation and improved quality of life in people with ."
If you have a family history of AD, or if you're experiencing symptoms of cognitive decline, talk to your doctor about sage, lemon balm, and the key nutritional needs that might help delay or alleviate the onset of AD. team noted that insufficient diet was clearly evident in the early onset of AD. And they added: "This vulnerable population would benefit from systematic dietary assessment and intervention to prevent further deterioration in food consumption and increased nutritional risk."
Monday, February 11, 2008
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008
So now I have plenty of material for my blog - things were getting a little slow here! We spent 7 glorious sunny days South of the Border in Cancun, Mexico. Actually, it was the first time we had ever been to the east coast of Mexico. What a surprise we had! Envision crystal clear turquoise blue water with winter white sand filled beaches. That is the breathtaking scene we had everyday! Any pictures you see of the ocean, beaches and palm trees precisely depicts what we experienced! That memory will carry me through the remainder of this rainy winter - and as Puxscatawny Phil predicted, there will be at least 6 more weeks of it!
Let the blogging begin - more to come!