Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Prevent Alzheimer's Disease with a Healthy Diet

Prevent Alzheimer's Disease with a Healthy Diet
New research finds protection from Alzheimer's comes from choosing healthy food combinations, rather than isolated nutrients. By Adam Bean Abridged; link to full article below

To help lower your Alzheimer's risk, eat plenty of foods that are high in polyunsaturated fat, folate, and vitamin E, and low in saturated fat.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Can eating the right foods prevent Alzheimer's disease? A diet high in fruits, nuts, vegetables, and fish, and low in red meat and butter, has been shown to lower your risk of obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, and stroke, among many other physical maladies. Now there’s increasing evidence that eating right can keep you mentally healthy, as well. A new study on diet and Alzheimer's risk finds that a healthy diet may lower your risk of this debilitating disease by nearly 40 percent.

THE DETAILS: As reported in the journal Archives of Neurology, researchers analyzed the dietary patterns of 2,148 people aged 65 and older, none of whom had Alzheimer's disease at the beginning of the study. Nearly four years later, subjects were analyzed again, at which point 253 of them had developed the disease. When the researchers compared subjects’ dietary habits, they found that a high intake of polyunsaturated fats, vitamin E, and folate, along with a low intake of saturated fat, seemed to coincide with a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Please read the full article: http://www.rodale.com/prevent-alzheimers?cm_mmc=DailyNewsNL-_-2010_04_16-_-Top5-_-NA

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