Spring Forward With Alzheimer’s
New findings reveal the powerful anti-inflammatory effect of green tea. Of course, testing is being conducted on mice and scientists are using an extract. However, the results are encouraging. Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a new potential benefit of a molecule in green tea: Preventing the misfolding of specific proteins in the brain. The accumulation of these proteins, called metal-associated amyloids, is associated with Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.
Along with drinking two to three cups of green tea daily nutrition researchers recommend eating salmon three times a week. According to the University of Pennsylvania Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish have many different health-promoting effects, like protecting the immune, nervous, and cardiovascular systems. However, fish oil capsules don’t seem to convey the same benefits as fish food. A new study questions fish oil capsules’ cardiovascular benefits like the ability to lower blood pressure. It is still preferable to get your nutrients and anti-inflammatories from real food as opposed to supplements.
In addition, drug testing is being conducted on combination drugs for the treatment of moderate stage Alzheimer’s. Researchers are taking a cue here from successful AIDS treatments and chemotherapy drugs which have a synergistic effect on disease when they are used in combination therapy. A new drug may improve memory problems in people with moderate Alzheimer’s disease according to a phase II study which will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16 to 23, 2013. The drug is called ORM-12741. Stay tuned.
As spring approaches, so do new drug therapies and natural remedies. The oldies are still goodies:
- Exercise for neuroplasticity
- Adhere to a Mediterranean diet
- Don’t be a shut-in. Reach out to friends and get social support
- Approach life with a beginner’s mind and a beginner’s heart
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