Seven Steps to Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Staff Writer
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine releases a report that states the effectiveness of dietary habits

Flax seeds are one of the many easy ways to get a daily intake of vitamin E, which the report suggests is excellent for prevention of Alzheimers.

Though the treatment for Alzheimer’s hasn’t been completely successful, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) recently released a report stating that avoiding some foods can reduce the risk of developing the disease by 50 percent or more. Foods that increase your chance of Alzheimer’s are generally trans and saturated fats, so doctors suggest that a heart-healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and vitamins E and B is best to follow.

Dr. Neal Barnard an associate professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and a member of many well known charities like the American Diabetes Association, was quoted as saying "Combining this diet with physical exercise and avoiding excess metals, such as iron and copper in multivitamins, can maximize protection for the brain," by eMaxHealth on Sunday. The PCRM reported on July 19 and 20 at the international conference on nutrition and the brain a seven step guide to how to decrease your chances of getting the disease by simply changing your dietary habits.

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First the council says to limit the intake of saturated and trans fats, like hydrogenated oils. They then go onto to say that vegetables, legumes, fruits, and whole grains should remain staples in diets. The council explains that a small handful of nuts and seeds provides a healthy source of vitamin E, while vitamin b12 should be absorbed through fortified foods or a supplement, but not supplements with iron or copper on the labels. The report suggests in the fifth and sixth rule that all metal contribute to Alzheimer’s, and though it is still under speculation, it’s best to try and avoid these things. The seventh step is a simple aerobic exercise routine of 40 minute cardio three times a week.