Several patients have asked about what they can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Last week I read an article written by a chiropractor named James Meschino on the subject and thought I would pass the high points along to you and add a few facts of my own
Preventing Alzheimer’s is a matter of controlling free radical damage to the brain. Antioxidants stop free radicals from damaging tissues, and cholesterol is an antioxidant itself. A high cholesterol level is an indication that there are too many free radicals in the body and brain. Conditions and habits that contribute to free radicals are high or uncontrolled blood sugar, alcohol consumption, smoking, using recreational drugs, poor eating habits and excess weight.
Consuming high quality EPA and DHA, found in fish and fish oil supplements, are excellent antioxidants for the brain and will reduce or repair free redial damage. Also, melatonin is a vital brain antioxidant associated with Alzheimer’s. After age 40, melatonin production in the brain decreases. Taking Melatonin before bed not only helps to induce sleep, but supports the immune system and of course the brain. A decline of the memory chemical acetylcholine, is the hallmark of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Acetylcholine often drops after 55 years old and taking a supplement with Cytidine diphosphate-choline (CDP-choline) can be an invaluable support.
You might also consider learning something new. Introducing new kinds of learning stimulates brain function and supports cognitive youthfulness. Learn a new language or new ways to use a computer; learn how to paint, draw or play a musical instrument; start a new exercise that requires balance and coordination such as dancing, Tai Chi, yoga or Martial Arts; attend seminars that are inspiring and have you look at life from a different point of view. All of these practices help stimulate the brain.
Make sure to get proper sleep, drink plenty of water, keep a positive attitude and laugh…a lot!