5 million people in America suffer with Alzheimers disease. The disease that erases memories, makes people forget their histories, their loved ones, and themselves.
The disease begins with mild forgetfulness, and then effects memory, language, and reasoning skills. Finally, the victim can no longer function independently.
There is still no cure for the disease, nor its cause, despite rigorous research.
Speculation that diet may play a key roll in the development of Alzheimers is what researchers have to go on.
Omega-3 fatty acid intake may decrease the development of Alzheimers. Also, the increased intake of B6 and B12 vitamins has proven to retard the onset of the disease. This is linked to the higher folate intake.
Free radicals are also to blame. Reduced sun exposure, cigarette smoking, and environmental pollutants contribute to premature aging, and bodily harm. Eating foods with vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids, can help reduce this.
“No changes in diet, dietary supplements, food additives, vitamins, nor alternative herbal medicines have ever been demonstrated to affect the risk for Alzheimer’s disease or the course of the disease in a well-designed clinical trial experiment,” says Randolph Schiffer, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Cleveland.
Since none of this has been proven, it is still beneficial to err on the side of caution and maintain a good diet with physical activity.