The Alzheimer's Solution
Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Education
The role of chronic inflammation in degenerative disease associated with aging, is considered to be a primary vector for the progression of said diseases, and a powerful factor that underlies their etiology. One needs only to look at the leading causes of mortality, heart disease and stroke, and the research models of inflammation that clearly link it to the pathogenesis, and the pathology of these disease processes, to understand that inflammation, and chronic degenerative disease are inseparable.
Since inflammation is central to degenerative disease processes, it has been heavily investigated in models of neurodegeneration. In Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the investigation has sought to clarify whether inflammation is a causative stimulus, or a concomitant feature of the disease. Regardless of the etiological focus, inflammation in AD is a well established entity, and the continuing illumination of that knowledge base, is vital to our intent to hopefully prevent, delay, or to develop medical strategies for treatment.
PREMIUM CONTENT: Blueberry Polyphenols Protect the Brain from the Degenerative Processes Associated with Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease
The study of plant and fruit polyphenols, a rich source of dietary antioxidants, represents one of the most promising areas of research in the field of anti-aging, and the prevention of degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Recent and ongoing research indicates that polyphenols present in berries and other fruits and vegetables provide protective and supportive nourishment to critical structures (i.e. hippocampus) in the brain responsible for learning, and memory formation and retention.
PREMIUM CONTENT: Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor – Growth Factor Demonstrates Promise in the Protection Against Alzheimer’s Disease Progression
One of the longest held thoughts about damage to our brain’s cells (neurons) was that once they were lost, it was a fait accompli. Damaged neurons were considered damaged goods, never to regain their function, and without any hope for regeneration. Fortunately, for those concerned about recovery from brain trauma, stroke, and the neurological damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there is promising research indicating that growth factors in the brain, not only promote brain structure and function associated with memory and learning, they can promote brain growth and recovery from damaging events to the brain.
PREMIUM CONTENT: Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)–Telltale Signs That You May Be At Increased Risk for Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease
Long before a diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimers disease (AD) is given, brain damage is occurring that leads to, and reflects the gradual downward spiral of mental decline that typifies AD. A cluster of signs that define Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), especially memory loss and forgetfulness, may be the early warning indicators that you are at risk for developing AD. If you can visualize a spectrum whereby healthy brain/cognitive function in an individual is on one side of the spectrum, and AD is on the opposite side, MCI would be inching ever so close to the AD side of the spectrum.
PREMIUM CONTENT: Alpha lipoic acid Protects Brain Cells–Antioxidant Mechanisms For Alzheimer’s Prevention
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA), a naturally occurring nutrient found in many foods and available in supplemental form, is also synthesized in humans where it serves in energy metabolism and as a vital antioxidant. ALA is a unique antioxidant in that it is both water and fat-soluble, which enables ALA to confer its antioxidant benefits to all the cells and cell structures of the body. Another important characteristic of ALA is that it is part of the antioxidant team that includes vitamin E, C, coenzyme Q10 and glutathione. ALA regenerates theses antioxidants as they are metabolized in their protective antioxidative roles.
PREMIUM CONTENT: Insulin, Brain Function And Alzheimer’s Disease – Is Insulin Resistance To Blame For Alzheimer’s?
Insulin fulfills an indispensable role in your body’s utilization of blood sugar (glucose). In type 2 diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome, insulin’s function of glucose uptake into the body’s cells is impaired due to a resistance to insulin that develops over time. This insulin resistance pattern which defines the disease process of the above mentioned disorders, is now seen as a link to the degenerative spiral that occurs in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) over and above the role of insulin in glucose metabolism in the brain. Insulin resistance and its role in inflammation, and impaired insulin function in the brain are now understood to be underlying pieces of the Alzheimer’s puzzle.