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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

How to naturally deal with, prevent and even reverse Alzheimer’s disease

The ‘twin’ words - senility and dementia are recurrent health issues associated with Alzheimer’s – a disease that most people growing into the senior citizen zones tend to dread. In the days of yore when the awareness was very remote I guess most folks probably thought it was an issue that had to do with the individual – probably going nuts, or just being difficult. But no; Alzheimer’s disease is actually a disease of old age.

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The disease was identified a little more than a century ago by German physician, Dr. Alois Alzheimer. He first wrote about it in 1906, describing the case of a woman by name "Auguste D." Alzheimer called it "a peculiar disease," marked by significant memory loss, severe paranoia and other psychological changes.

And so today we know better as much study has gone into this disturbing aspect of ‘ageing’. Alzheimer’s is a very big health issue today; and little wonder, when recently the world’s richest man, Bill Gates was confronted with the question of how he was preparing, or coping with the onset of Alzheimer’s. Gates takes this disease personal in that according to him, so many men in his family are victims, but he thinks a cure is very possible in the near future. His foundation is gearing up to putting a huge fund together for scientists to research into a cure.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of presenile dementia that is similar to senile dementia except that it usually starts in the 40s or 50s; first symptoms are impaired memory which is followed by impaired thought and speech and finally complete helplessness.

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The health condition could come upon anyone who is advancing in age, but this is not to say it must happen to everyone. Experts say this also means that Alzheimer’s disease can very well be prevented, treated and completely reversed – yet by simple but dedicated natural lifestyle approaches. And the reality of our existence is what you get to hear folks tell you at times – “you’re not getting any younger”. That simply implies that you are actually getting older; and for a great number of adults as they progress into the elderly, there are the chances that they could be confronted with Alzheimer’s disease.

A research done on the American adult population recently shows that approximately 5.4 million Americans at present are living with this very prevalent type of dementia. By 2050 experts predict that that figure might double, yet a cure is yet to be established; neither have we any known medical prevention method nor the direct cause established. But they say hope is underway.
And, there is good news actually. Experts have discovered some potentially helpful natural methods to prevent, delay, and possibly reverse Alzheimer’s disease. For instance, your diet can play a very important role in preventing or slowing the disease they say. Enter the Mediterranean type diet which emphasises greatly the importance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy, olive oil, fish, and fowl. This style of (healthy) diet tends to discourage the indulgence in red meat, saturated fats, and (refined) sugar. In addition to this is also the importance of exercise in aiding the displacement of Alzheimer's disease.
For this reason, the experts in their recent studies have pointed out the astounding role of natural vitamins on the road to dealing squarely with the disease. Thus in a study done by British scientists, they disclosed that high Vitamin B doses of specific kinds (folic acid, B6, and B12) can be adequately employed to arrest, prevent or cure any case of Alzheimer’s.
According to the researchers, “B vitamins lower homocysteine (a cell-damaging amino acid), which directly leads to a decrease in GM (gray matter) atrophy, thereby slowing cognitive decline.” This study obviously proves the very importance of making sure your daily dietary choices are equipped with the B Vitamins, and of course all other Vitamins that have been identified to play a great role in this whole effort to stave off the disease such as Vitamins E, D, and vital foods like coconut oil.
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Expert studies show there is a possibility of coconut oil even reversing the occurrence of the disease. According to an ABC report, “Alzheimer’s is a type of diabetes of the brain.” It states that coconut oil has the ability to direct more energy into the brain cells. Consequently, the first ever clinical trial of coconut oil on people with Alzheimer’s commenced in 2013 at the University of South Florida, and so far the outcomes have revealed great promises for the future.
Bottom line is - what nutritional health experts have continued to emphasise; eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and make a once in a while habit of sipping your favourite red wine. Eat plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids such you get from oily fish; try to also socialize or be among loved ones and friends, and have fun, etc. Also, ensure that your blood pressure is kept under very good control while you are at it they say.

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