June 8, 2017

Story at-a-glance
  • Alzheimer's disease is currently at epidemic proportions, with 5.4 million Americans—including one in eight people aged 65 and over—living with it. There is no known cure, and few truly effective treatments
  • Research suggests the best hope is in prevention focusing on diet, exercise and staying mentally active.
  • Two recent studies show that compounds in cinnamon, and vitamins B12, B6, and folate may delay the onset and/or slow progression of the disease
  • Vitamin treatment consisting of 0.8 mg folic acid, 20 mg vitamin B6 and 0.5 mg vitamin B12 slowed shrinkage of the whole brain volume over the course of two years
  • The vitamin treatment also reduced, by as much as seven-fold, the cerebral atrophy in certain brain regions that are particularly vulnerable to damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Research suggests that being exposed to general anesthesia can increase the risk of dementia in the elderly by as much as 35 percent      Dr. Mercola

Back from the Abyss: The 30-cent, all-natural “cocktail” that slams the brakes on Alzheimer’s disease                                                                          Dr. Fred Pescatore

Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic


Memory loss associated with Alzheimer's reversed for first time

The uniform failure of drug trials in Alzheimer’s influenced Bredesen’s research to get a better understanding of the fundamental nature of the disease. His laboratory has found evidence that Alzheimer’s disease stems from an imbalance in nerve cell signaling: in the normal brain, specific signals foster nerve connections and memory making, while balancing signals support memory loss, allowing irrelevant information to be forgotten. But in Alzheimer’s disease, the balance of these opposing signals is disturbed, nerve connections are suppressed, and memories are lost.

                                                                   Buck Institute - For Research on Aging

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, although it’s impacting a growing number of adults. Currently incurable, the disease characterized by toxic plaques and tangles in the brain leads to symptoms of memory loss, personality changes, trouble performing everyday tasks and death.

Scientists have struggled to bring meaningful therapies to the table, but 2016 marks a year of promising findings, including science-backed evidence that food and exercise plays a huge role in prevention.

UCLA researchers used PET scans to show a Mediterranean diet, regular physical activity and a healthy BMI go a long way in lower your risk of developing the toxic plaques and tangles that lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

In other Alzheimer’s breakthroughs, researchers have found a link between the gut and Alzheimer’s and between certain popular drugs and the disease. More natural treatments and preventatives  — showing promise in reversing Alzheimer’s related inflammation and memory loss.
                                                                                      Dr Axe - Food is Medicine

New studies reveal this unexpected “brain food” boosts memory and beats dementia                                                                                                                                                

An Alzheimer’s disease cure hiding in plain sight

                                                                                            Dr Micozzi