Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s?

April 24, 2012

Diet and Nutrition

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Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s??

Recent study shows brain shrinkage is key in predicting Alzheimer’s.

Does the size of your brain matter?

Apparently, it does!

Our brains are crucial to our very being!  Not only does our brain allow us to think and reason, but it controls everything we do every second of every day.  It permits us to move and be active as well as regulates our involuntary movements such as our breathing and heartbeat.  Our brain processes our thoughts and emotions and makes us who we are.  So, when someone starts to lose their ability to concentrate or remember things, it is a very scary thing that affects not only the person but everyone around them as well.

Fortunately, there are proven things we can do to keep our brains healthy and prevent age related brain deterioration!

How the brain develops

Our brains begin to develop long before birth and continue to develop rapidly during the first 3 years of life.   They continue to grow until the age of about 20 when they reach their maximum size and weight.  Although the brain only makes up roughly 2% of our body weight, it requires 20% of the oxygen we breath and 20% of the energy we consume!  Unless proactive measures are taken, our brains begin to deteriorate significantly in our mid 40s.  Over time, this brain shrinkage can begin to affect a person’s memory, concentration and personality.

Can brain shrinkage help predict Alzheimer’s risk?

Researchers believe that Alzheimer’s disease is linked to brain shrinkage and can now be predicted up to 10 years before symptoms appear!   This is great news because it gives someone time to be proactive in delaying or even preventing the onset of this dreaded disease.  It is now believed that the benefits of Omega -3 fatty acids are crucial in improving and maintaining brain health.  “Recent studies point to Omega-3 supplementation as a way to halt or prevent this brain shrinkage!”

How much Omega-3 do you need to prevent Alzheimer’s ? 

The World Health Organization and other governmental agencies suggest the following guidelines:

Healthy Adults:  1,000 mg daily

Adults w/cardiovascular disease symptoms: 2,000 mg daily

Adults w/symptoms of Alzheimer’s: 2,000 mg daily

Prenatal/nursing mothers:  1,400 mg daily

Our bodies do not produce Omega-3 fatty acids so we need to get them from our diet.  Unfortunately, even the most enthusiastic fish lover may find it difficult to get the 4-7 servings of cod, four servings of shrimp or 1-2 servings of salmon needed to get just 1,000 mg of fish oil every day.  And then there’s the concern of possible contaminants like mercury and chemical toxins.  For these reasons, fish oil supplements are a very appealing and effective alternative.

Choosing the best fish oil supplement

With all of the recent discoveries, there are many manufacturers jumping on the Omega-3 band wagon.  It’s important to get the highest quality fish oil available, so here are some tips to finding the safest and most effective supplement:

1)      Look for fish oil from wild-caught fish that come from deep, cold waters.  Great sources include herring, sardines, mackerel, anchovies and salmon.

2)      Look for a supplement with a 2:1 ratio of DHA to EPA.  Quality and proper balance are both important.

3)      Choose a supplement that has been molecularly distilled with water micro distillation and without chemicals or excess temperatures

It is so exciting to know that we can take very specific actions today that make such a positive impact on our health in the future!

 

Sources:

http://www.neurology.org

http://science.education.nih.gov

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To Your Health,

Lisa Maghrak

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About Lisa Maghrak

Lisa Maghrak is an avid researcher in the area of Health and Wellness. She is especially interested in prevention and educating people on how their everyday choices matter and can make a huge difference in their quality of life. Lisa is also very passionate about educating parents so they can in turn teach their children ~ giving them the advantage of an early start towards a healthy lifestyle.

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