Alzheimer’s is a disease feared by many Americans. This disease claims at least 10 percent of the American people over the age of 65 and those numbers continue to rise as the baby boomers are entering their 50’s or 60’s. If your family line has members with Alzheimer’s, there are some things you can do to keep your mind sharp and ward off this disease.
According to an article in the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, people should drink two to three glasses of apple juice every day. Apples are full of antioxidants and these antioxidants help rid your body of free radicals which cause damage.
Thomas Shea began the study of Alzheimer’s and apple juice in 2002 with mice that had the genetic defect of Alzheimer’s disease. When the test first began, the mice with the Alzheimer’s defect were placed in a maze. The mice did not roam around to explore, they simply stayed in the same corridors they were placed in. These same mice were then fed an apple juice concentrate mixed into their water and were again placed back into the maze. The researchers discovered that the mice preformed almost as well as normal mice. They also fed apple juice to normal mice to see if there was any difference and discovered that those mice showed a marked improvement in their functioning ability as well.
This study also showed that drinking or consuming more apple juice is not better. The mice that drank more than the two or three glasses of apple juice per day seemed to have more Alzheimer’s problems when put in the maze.
Other studies were conducted using rats instead of mice. The rats were placed on a high antioxidant diet of different fruit and vegetables. This study showed that the age related deterioration reversed.
Smoking and Drinking
A study of 938 people over the age of 59 who had been diagnosed with or had the possibility of having Alzheimer’s showed that the heavy smokers, who smoked one pack or more cigarettes a day, developed Alzheimer’s disease 2.3 years earlier than non-smokers. Heavy drinkers, who drank more than two drinks per day, had Alzheimer’s 4.8 years earlier. This study was presented in a 2008 meeting in Chicago of the American Academy of Neurology 60th Anniversary Annual Meeting.
Keep Your Mind Active
There was another study conducted with 700 elderly people in Chicago. The average age of these people was 80 and they had been having cognitive testing for up to five years. The findings of this study indicate that more cognitively active the person is, they are 2.6 times less likely to have dementia and Alzheimer’s.
This study was published in the American Academy of Neurology article 2007.
There are many things you can do to keep your mind stimulated or exercised. Try learning something new, this can include reading a good book, crocheting, knitting, or playing a musical instrument. Memorize things like the capitals of the United States. Play some video games; they aren’t just for kids to play with. These simple things will exercise your brain and help keep it sharp.
In conclusion, by having a positive outlook on life, eating a balanced diet, have a regular sleep schedule and limit or quite smoking and drinking can help ward off the Alzheimer’s disease.
http://Web MD: Drinking, Smoking Up Early Alzheimer’s
http://University of Massachusetts Lowell: Apples vs Alzheimer’s
http://Natural News: Tips to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
http://Science Daily: Frequent Brain Stimulation in Old Age Reduces Risk of Alzhiemer’s Disease