Over the years, researchers have tried to find the exaxt cause of Alzheimer disease, but also ways in which we could prevent it. Studies have reached a significant point and, even if there are not enough data to give an official verdict, many of the conclusions are encouraging.
Read below the latest news scientists have given regarding nuts and Alzheimer disease, but also some diet habits that could prevent this disease.
What is Alzheimer disease?
A brain disorder similar to dementia that destroys memory, behaviour and other thinking capacities, Alzheimer disease will eventually affect one’s ability to perform the simplest tasks as it progresses from mild to severe.
The cause of the disease is thought to be the abnormal build-up of proteins in and around brain cells but scientists still study Alzheimer disease mechanism and new things are learnt every day.
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What are Alzheimer disease symptoms?
Alzheimer tends to appear later on in life and the most common symptoms are memory loss, confusion, difficulty with language, reading, writing, difficulty in learning new things and in organizing and problems when one’s have to live new situations, no matter the complexity.
What type of nuts could prevent against Alzheimer? - STUDY
Recently, a new study has gained public’s attention. Researchers have published the results of a study that had in its center Alzheimer disease and how it could be prevented.
This way, they found out an oil from walnuts could have important protective beneficial effects against Alzheimer.
It seems this particular oil from walnuts affects mitochondria, a function that plays a significant role in giving energy to the cells.
The walnuts oil extract diminished the formation of beta-amyloids, substances that are responsible with forming the plaques on the brain – plaques associated with Alzheimer disease.
On the other hand, the same oil could increase the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a substance beneficial for the cells.
Therefore, the scientists stated the walnut oil could be a promising substance against Alzheimer, could be a worthwhile agent to integrate in a “diet” that could prevent this disease.
It is not the first time walnuts revealed their benefits for the cognitive function
There are other studies too that showed walnuts, in particular, and Mediterranean Diet, in general, could be beneficial for Alzheimer and other cognitive diseases.
For example, the consumption of walnuts was associated with a better cognitive function in senior citizens.
Besides the above explanations regarding walnut oil, walnuts are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, both strong antioxidants, important for our brain.
Walnuts are also good for sleeping problems, heart health or liver damage.
It is still soon to say if walnuts and walnut oil/extract have the same positive effect in preventing Alzheimer disease
The above study discovered that an oil from walnuts have such effects in preventing Alzheimer disease. It is still unclear if only walnuts could have the same protective effects or if one’s should consume that oil or a particular walnut (oil) extract. Furthermore, the doses, the quantities someone should consume are not clearly set.
Yet, if you are not allergic to walnuts, you could integrate them in your daily diet and also could opt for walnut oil in salads or other foods.
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14 other diet changes that could prevent Alzheimer disease
Studies have already shown the Mediterranean diet could help in preventing Alzheimer. MIND Diet, another variation of the Mediterranean diet could also have such effects.
Besides diet changes, being active, exercising every day, keeping your mind sharp and alert could also help in lowering Alzheimer’s risk.
Yet, keep in mind these are also conclusions of some studies which results are not officially validated.
However, if you want to use all the means you have, in terms of diet here’s what you should do for lowering your risk of developing Alzheimer disease.
1). Have at least three servings of whole grains a day.
2). Eat one serving of green leafy vegetables every day.
3). Include other vegetables in your daily diet.
4). Choose berries at least twice a week.
5). Cut out red meat less than 3 times a week.
6). Eat fish from a clean source at least once a week.
7). Cook with beans at least three times a week.
8). Integrate all type of nuts (but now, a little bit more walnuts) at least 4-5 times a week.
9). Eliminate fast food or fried food from your diet.
10). Eat or cook with less than a tablespoon of butter a day (eliminate completely margarine)
11). Do not eat cheese more than one serving a week
12). Cut out the “dose” of sweets too (enjoy them no more than 1-2 times a week)
13) Drink one glass of good quality wine a day (unless you have other conditions that keep you from drinking alcohol).
14). Eat good quality poultry no more than 1-2 times a week
These were scientists’ findings on walnut and Alzheimer disease but also some of the most important “diet changes” you could do to lower the risk of Alzheimer disease.
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