The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, stated that around 5.4 million Americans are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
This statistical data is expected to rise to 16 million by 2050, and the most striking thing is that in the next two decades, Alzheimer’s will affect one in four Americans. It will be more common than diabetes and obesity.
This disease is hard to treat and almost every treatment ends up as a failure. Therefore, its early diagnose and prevention are beyond important. Have you ever imagined that you can prevent this disease by only using a tablespoon of peanut and a ruler? So, what’s the connection?
Medical News Today reported that Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the University of Florida (UF) McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, and her colleagues published the findings of a small pilot study in the journal of the Neurological Sciences.
Stamps was working together with Dr. Kenneth Heilman, one of the most experienced behavioral neurologists, form the UF College of Medicine’s department of neurology. They came up with the method of using peanut butter to test for smell sensitivity. She explained that the ability and the sense of smell is associated with the first cranial nerve, hence being one of the first things to be affected in cognitive decline. She took peanut butter as an example, because as she said, ‘it is a pure odorant.’ Stamps continues explaining the theory that peanut butter is only detected by the olfactory nerve and is easy to access.
The pilot study included 24 patients with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. The participants were supposed to close their mouth and eyes and hold one nostril closed, while breathing normally through the other.
The practitioner was using a ruler in order to measure the distance between the open nostril and the peanut butter. Then, he marked the distance at which the patient could perceive the distinct odor.
Then, the same procedure was repeated with the other nostril after half a minute. Researchers discovered that there was a big difference between the ability to sense odor in patients diagnosed with an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease and other patients.
The made a thorough observation and claimed that the left nostril was impaired and did not detect the smell until it was an average of 10 cm closer to the nose than the right nostril had made the detection in patients with Alzheimer’s.
The experts concluded that this was totally different from the case with patients diagnosed with other kinds of dementia. These patients felt no difference in odor detection between nostrils or the right nostril was worse at identifying odor then the left one.
However, further examination is needed, but Stamps asserts that this test is valid and proves diagnosis. Now, the team is planning to study patients with mild cognitive impairment, so as to see if it might help predict a future diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.
Additionally, a team of experts from Florida is dedicating a research on whether coconut oil can provide benefits against Alzheimer’s. In Dr. Mary Newport’s theory three years ago, there was an interesting of coconut oil as an alternative fuel for the brain. Hence, she claims that coconut oil can fight off Alzheimer’s effectively.
Dr. Newport’s husband has been suffering from this disease and she confirmed said that she started noticing improvements after starting him on four teaspoons of coconut oil in a day. He had great difficulties due to this serious disease, but after a while she even saw him running and reading again. The most important progress was that he was recovering his memory.
Coconut oil is an ideal brain food
The therapeutic levels of MTCs have been examined 20 grams of coconut oil, and Dr. Newport claims that only two tablespoons of coconut oil (around 35 ml) will provide the equivalent of 20 grams of MCT, which has been proven to be a preventive measure against degenerative neurological diseases. This research is still on-going, but you should consume coconut oil on a daily basis and feel its benefits.
It is recommended to start with one teaspoon in the morning, taken with food, and then gradually increase the amount to 4 teaspoons, also with food.
Dr. David Perimutter, claims that the low fat-craze might have caused a rapid rise in Alzheimer’s. Therefore, you need intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting will aid the body to shift to burning fat as its primary fuel. It is consisted of timing the meals to allow the body enter the fat-burning program. The fast should last at least 16 hours, for instance, you should eat only between the hours of 11am and until 7pm, or noon until 8pm.
Furthermore, you should not eat at least 3 hours before bedtime.
Repeat this procedure for 2 weeks to 2 months. This will certainly reduce you food cravings.
Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented, but it highly depends on your lifestyle. So, be careful what kind of food you are consuming.
Follow this guide for healthy lifestyle and prevent brain damage:
Avoid gluten (primarily wheat) – According to numerous studies, gluten negatively influences the function of your brain. It inhibits proteins enter the bloodstream. It also weakens your immunity, making it more prone to inflammation and autoimmunity. These factors may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s.
Avoid sugar and refined fructose
Keeping your sugar levels under control is very important, so reduce the total fructose below 25 grams daily, or 15 grams daily in the case of insulin resistance.
Increase the consumption of all healthful fats, such as animal-based omega-3
Foods like olives, coconut oils, nuts, macadamia and pecans, avocado, organic butter from raw milk, organic grass-fed raw butter, organic virgin oil, free-range eggs, and wild Alaskan salmon, are the right choice for improving your brainpower.
The following 4 natural foods/supplements effectively prevent age-related cognitive changes:
Ginkgo biloba: It is especially beneficial in cases of dementia. It boost cognitive performance and social functioning in patients diagnosed with dementia.
Vitamin B12: A Finnish study showed that foods which are a rich source of this vitamin reduce the threat of Alzheimer’s disease.
Astaxanthin: This natural pigment is regarded as one of the supplements with the most potent antioxidant properties. It is also described as powerful natural brain food.
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA): It slows down the progression of this mental disorder.