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Tips for Creating an Alzheimer's Prevention Program

Consult with a neurologist if you suspect you have Alzheimer's or begin to note memory difficulties.

Consult with a medical doctor versed in nutrition before adding these supplements to your diet.

Tips for Preventing Alzheimer's

At this time no scientifically proven methods of Alzheimer's prevention exist. However we do know statistically that certain lifestyle changes in the areas of food, exercise, brain exercise and learning, sleep, stress and inflammation, and overall health, have an impact statistically on the onset of Alzheimer's or whether folks ever get Alzheimer's.  These tips are given in the spirit of statistical probability. 

Overcome stress and inflammation by stimulating your vagus nerve through deep relaxation exercises such as our Longevity Maneuver. Visit the link for full directions.

Make sure you eat a wide variety of colorful fruits, veggies, whole grains, and nuts. These are every bit as important as supplements and probably more so.

Get 7 to 8 hours of good restful sleep per night. Utilize a nap when possible. Poor sleep and snoring raise the probability of Alzheimer's.  Get snoring treated.

An anti-inflammatory lifestyle and diet will have strong effects on Alzheimer's.

Work at lowering or ending high blood pressure, obesity, chronic stress, inflammation, periodontal disease, cardiovascular disease, liver and kidney disease, and diabetes. They are all tough on the human brain and appear to be contributing factors to Alzheimer's.

A sedentary lifestyle is not good for your brain.  Get active.  Housework, taking steps, dog walking all help.  Walk every chance you get.

Maintain consistant insulin. 

A cocktail of low dose ibuprofen combined with 200 IU Vitamin E and 250 milligrams of vitamin C taken in the morning may help. The Ibuprofen cocktail, with E and C, has received some thumbs up limited research in Italy. Get an okay from your physician.

Learn about excito-toxins in processed food (monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein etc.) and avoid them.

Keep away from heavy metals such as mercury which is found in some seafood. Avoid lead. These are dangerous for brains.

Get a physical on a regular basis.

Stay mentally active: read, memorize, solve puzzles and problems and learn new skills, take classes, and note visual details. Converse daily with friends over the phone or in person.

Find ways to master anxiety, depression, anger, and stress. Stress contributes to brain aging.

Exercise. Aerobics and strength building appear to help. Get out and walk briskly.  Interval training gets high grades.

Quit smoking. Smoking ages the brain along with your lungs, heart, and skin.

Physical exercise builds brain mass. 

If you suspect diabetes--get a blood sugar test.

Calorie restrictive eating minimizes the chances of getting Alzheimers and is helpful for fighting inflammation.

Practice balancing exercises so you can keep your balance in old age.  Stand on one leg as long as possible.  Spin.  Balance on curbs and planks.

Keep transfats out of your diet and minimize eating saturated fats as much as possible.  Keep the consumption of red meats down and stay away from processed meats as much as possible. Keep your good cholesterol up and your bad cholesterol down.
 

Avoid brain injuries by wearing biking helmets and seatbelts.

If you have high blood levels of the appetite blocking hormone leptin, you are less likely to develop Alzheimer's.  It appears leptin levels can be increased by aerobic exercise, slashing your sugar and high fructose syrup intake, taking Omega 3 fish oil supplements, reduce belly fat, and eating less animal fat. 

 Do you have a large head?  Lucky you!  You are less likely to get Alzheimers.

 

Having a good active social network, being comfortably coupled, and not being lonely raise your chances of not getting Alzheimers.


Here are some well-regarded brain supplements and foods you may wish to research:

Curry/Turmeric. A half a teaspoon of turmeric is anti-inflammatory and is thought to limit Alzheimer's. In parts of the world where lots of turmeric is eaten, Alzheimer's stats are low. Turmeric is a spice found in yellow curry and yellow mustard, is extremely cheap. In Indian stores in the USA it's called Haldi and can be purchased inexpensively in bulk. Or just eat yellow curry dishes several times a week.

8 oz of Concord grape juice. (If you can find purple muscadine grape juice, skins, and muscadine grapeseed, you will find them loaded with more polyphenols). Concord and muscadine grape juice are loaded with anthrocyanins (The purple antioxidant dye), polyphenols all powerful brain protectors. The purple dye has been shown to have neurogenesis affects helping resprout brain cells involved in cognition, memory and balance. Pure Concord grape juice ranks as a heavy hitting fruit juice when it comes to the heart and brain. It can be purchased in any supermarket and even chain drugstores.

Dark red skin apples, bannanas, oranges, and cranberries are all said to contain brain protective antioxidants and phytochemicals.

3 grams of fish oil with their content of Omega 3 oils.

100 mg of L-lipoic Acid.

200 mg of Acetyl-L-Carnitine.

100 mg of Coenzyme Q10.

A Multivitamin/Mineral tablet.

Green tea extract or two cups of green tea during the course of the day. Take it with lemon because lemon protects it's polyphenols in the stomach and intestines. 

A recent study of a vaccine to block amaloid plaque was conducted on mice and looked hopeful. Studies on humans are required.

 

Drinking fruit and vegetable juices daily seems to hinder Alzheimer's according to research. Orange Juice, Concord grape juice, black currant juice, apple cider (said to act like Aricept a pharmaceutical aimed at Alzheimer's), pomegranate juice, black raspberry juice, and vegetable juices seem like winners.  Or better still eat the whole fruit.

 

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables daily. Go heavy on dark berries like blueberries, black currants, blackberries, black raspberries, and cranberries. These seem to help the brain stay young and help with our memories and balance.  Spinach and Brussel sprouts are no slouches.

Eat plenty of fiber.

Find ways to reduce belly fat.

Avoid supplements high in copper and iron.

An occaisional small glass of red wine such a Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or dark Muscadine can be helpful.

One or two cups of light roast coffee per day appear to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's. Caffeine also appears to help flush toxic material from the brain.    Green tea and black tea are also excellent and are brain protective..

Red Delicious, Fuji and Gala apples are brain protective.

Quick oats contains ferulic acid and beta glucan which are brain protective.

Check out choline bitartrate as a brain help.

Cinnamon rocks for blood sugar control and our brains.

Grape seed extract helps protect our brains and blocks excito-toxins. Muscadine grape seed is extremely potent and contains polyphenols (The power in red wine).

Broccoli and cauliflower are great for the brain.

Vinegar appears to help with blood sugar and appetite.  Controlling those can help fending off Alzheimer's.
 

Red beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, and lentils are arsenals of valuable phytochemicals excellent for the brain.

Know the early signs of Alzheimer's.

Getting a higher education and learning languages appears to add to brain mass and hold off Alzheimer's.

Treating vision difficulties may help fend off Alzheimer's.

Lift your good HDL Cholesterol level whichs fends off mental decline.

Keep your homocysteine levels in the normal range.

Keep up on the latest Alzheimer's research. 

B-complex helps with brain health. B-12 limits brain shrinkage.  Get enough niacin.

Get your thyroid checked.

Dark Chocolate contains antioxidants and substances healthy for the brain. Look for unsweetened natural cocoa or 70% or above dark chocolate bars.

Based on animal and cell culture studies substances that remove beta-amyloid plaque from the brain are:

*Caffeine found in coffee and tea.
*Dark berries such as blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, black raspberries, boysenberries, elderberries, black currants, strawberries, and purple and red grapes.
*Cinnamon.
*Apples and apple cider.
*DHA from fish oil.
*Turmeric/curcumin (made bioavailable by combining with oil.
*Green Tea.
*Scyllitol from coconut.
*Gleevec a prescribed medication.

Another toxic substance, which disrupts the brain, tau appears to be removed by:

*Grapeseed extract.
*Cinnamon.
*Niacinamide.

Know that getting enough sleep, controlling any infections, controlling blood sugar, losing weight, treating diabetes, and lowering insulin all limit the production of beta amyloid plaque in the brain.


 For further reading on Alzheimer's prevention programs read these books:

Preventing Alzheimer's by William Shankle & Daniel G. Amen.

The Alzheimer's Answer by Marwan Sabbagh. 

100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's by Jean Carper.

The Anti-Alzheimer's Prescription by Vincent Fortanasce

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The Longevity Maneuver, a procedure that dissolves stress and body-wide inflammation, the two major enemies of longevity and excellent health. What's behind The Longevity Maneuver? Vagus Nerve Stimulation. Vagus nerve stimulation, by natural means, is an extremely powerful and relaxing maneuver, backed by years of research. Vagus nerve stimulation is in the forefront of modern approaches for rapidly quelling stress and its dangerous offspring, body-wide inflammation. No fistful of antioxidant supplements matches the potency of vagus nerve stimulation, which can be turned on by easily doable breathing and relaxation techniques.

Our vagus nerve (the tenth cranial nerve) is the body's longest nerve. It runs through our brains, chest, diaphragm, and throughout our bodies. It is a master control over our immune cells, organs and tissues, and even our stem cells. If properly stimulated it can:

Turn on neurogenesis, helping our brains sprout new brain cells.

Rapidly turn off stress, hyper-arousal, and fight/flight via the relaxation response.

Lower the chances of getting Alzheimer's and dementia.

Sharpen our memories.

Raise our resistance to cancer.

Help us resist high blood pressure.

Block cortisol and other oxidizing agents that age and deteriorate us.

Block body-wide inflammation the major agent of aging and poor health.

Help lower belly fat, a key contributor to aging, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and brain aging.

Help us overcome depression and anxious overwhelm.

Help us sleep better.

Make us more disease-resistant, and keeps our immune system in good running order.

Give us a better metabolic rate and helps fight weight gain.
Help us produce acetylcholine and raise serotonin.

Raise levels of human growth hormone.

Help us overcome insulin resistance.

Turn down allergic responses.

Lower chances of getting stress and tension headaches.

Help spare and grow our mitochondria a key to our energy levels.

Lower triglycerides and raise HDL (good) cholesterol.

Help lower the probability of strokes and heart attacks.

Help raise BDNF (brain derived neutrophic factor).

Help balance our thyroid function.

Affect our overall ability to live longer, healthier, and more energetic lives.

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