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Alzheimer's Disease Prevention & Symptoms

By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on June 2, 2014, 1:58 pm


Every day patients come in saying the same thing: “Dr. Kurtz, I think I’m losing my mind. I remember most details from growing up, but I can’t remember what I ate for lunch!”
In response to these frequent comments, I want to discuss Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.
 
Alzheimer's Disease is used to define a group of diseases that have one thing in common - memory loss.
 
Alzheimer’s disease can develop up to thirty (30) years before the first symptoms occur. The accumulation of beta amyloid plaques in the brain, the major mechanism believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease, can be seen in young adult brains. Alzheimer’s disease affects five million people in our country. Half of US families have a family member with the disease.
 
Homocysteine levels above 14 or more nearly double the risk of developing, Alzheimer's disease.
 
Simple prevention strategies have been found to cut the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 50%:
 
Step 1: Keep your body and brain active.
  • Exercise has many helpful effects on the brain, including lowering the risk of dementia
 
Step 2: Nutritional Supplements.
  • Recent studies have shown that taking vitamin C and vitamin E can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 78%.
  • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) has shown to be a powerful treatment for Alzheimer’s disease by reducing COX-2 enzyme. The COX-2 enzyme has been implicated in causing brain inflammation, which causes dementia.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to improve cognitive functioning. Reduced intake of essential fatty acids is associated with age-related cognitive decline.
 
Dementia is a progressive condition with two or more impairments in mental skills that interfere with a person’s ability to function in a usual manner in his or her social, family, personal and professional life.
 
Genetic testing has identified several genes associated with dementia, including apolipoprotein E (APOE), which is the strongest and most common genetic risk factor for dementia.
 
Recommend Supplements for Dementia:
  • Vitamin C – 1000 IU/day
  • Vitamin E – 400 IU/day
  • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) – 1500 mg/day
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil – 1-2 grams/day
 
A note about supplements: Please don’t buy vitamins at big box stores! They are not regulated and contain fillers. Supplements should be pharmaceutical grade, which means they are tested for purity. They may cost more, but you know you are getting what is on the label. California Center of Longevity uses only pure, pharmaceutical grade products.
 
Order all 4 Brain Health Supplements and receive 10% off of your order.
 
Remember, prevention is easier than cure.