How is Your Mind? Clear, Not Confused? Anti Alzheimer’s Tips and Foods

By the age of 85, about 1 in 3 of us has Alzheimer’s dementia (1 in 9 for everybody over 65).
It’s worth exploring this topic – because time flies, y’ know?

Signs of mild Alzheimer’s include memory loss, repeating questions, less ability to deal with numbers and money, anxiety, mood changes, and poor judgment.
Amyloid plaques in the brain increase, and neurotransmitters decrease.
Medications have not been too helpful, thus far.

The treatment with the most success (84% had improvement) for Alzheimer’s disease is from Dr. Dale E. Bredesen, MD, as presented in his book, The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline (2017).

He determines that Alzheimer’s disease and the amyloid plaques are the body’s protective response to:

  • inflammation and infection (which are often subtle and chronic)
  • poor nutrition and depleted nutrients/minerals
  • insulin resistance
  • hormonal imbalances
  • accumulated toxins

Basically, the body and brain are trying to calm many imbalances, and the result is Alzheimer’s.

The way to beat Alzheimer’s, as 84% of Bredesen’s patients have done, is to take an individualized, whole body, functional medicine approach. Treat the body, mind, and spirit. Reduce stress, too.
This means that if you want real progress, you would work with a functional medicine doctor who is well-versed in these principles.
That doctor would be checking your specific blood work, hormone levels, your personal toxin exposures, vitamin deficiencies, and a long list of issues.

At his Apollo Health site, Bredesen offers a free quiz (the Cognitive Quotient Assessment) to check overall brain health and likeliness of future Alzheimer’s.
(One recurring theme on that quiz: does a person fall asleep easily in many circumstances?)

In The End of Alzheimer’s book, Bredesen shares tons of scientific research and in-depth medical explanation about the contributing causes of Alzheimer’s (the bullet points above).

A major point is that gluten is hard on all humans, because it weakens our intestinal lining and causes leaky gut, which is so very common. The gut is a big source of chronic inflammation for most people.

Although each person’s situation is unique, and the program should be supervised by a specialist doctor, Bredesen’s basic anti Alzheimer’s program includes the following.

  • Go Gluten-free and Grain-free.
  • Eat an anti-inflammatory diet, high in vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, and low in sugar/ simple carbohydrates /grains.
  • Fast 12 hours each night, starting three hours before bedtime (which clears out toxins and helps the recycling of our cells and proteins).
  • Get at least eight hours of sleep per night, using melatonin and occasional tryptophan. (It is important to diagnose and treat sleep apnea.)
  • Exercise 30 to 60 minutes practically every day.
  • Do brain exercises / brain training (Sharpen Your Brain)
  • Reduce Stress – using meditation, yoga, music, and other means.
  • Hire a knowledgeable doctor to optimize your levels of insulin, hormones, vitamins, minerals, homocysteine, nerve growth factor, antioxidants, mitochondrial function, and many other components.
  • Remove heavy metal toxicity.
  • Repair the gut with probiotics and prebiotics. (I say, also repair the gut with yucca juice – proven to be beneficial.)
  • Increase focus with pantothenic acid (helps in neurotransmitter acetylcholine synthesis).
  • Some of Bredesen’s many recommended supplements (which should still be personalized by your doctor) include vitamin D3 with K2, bacopa, magnesium, curcumin, ashwagandha, CoQ10, ubiquinol, resveratrol.

Bredesen’s anti Alzheimer gluten-free diet:

Eat often:
Green leafy vegetables (lettuce, kale, spinach)
cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts)
Wild caught salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring
Pasteurized eggs
Onions and garlic (for sulfur)
Sweet potatoes, rutabagas, parsnips, green bananas
Prebiotic foods like jicama
Probiotic foods like sauerkraut and kimchi
Herbal tea, black tea, green tea

Eat less frequently:
Starchy vegetables like white potatoes, corn, peas, squash
Legumes, peas, beans
Night shades like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers
Berries and low glycemic fruits (not tropical fruits, which have a high glycemic index)
Pasteurized chicken
Grass-fed beef
Wine – only one glass a few times a week

AVOID eating:
Sugar, bread, pasta, rice, cookies, cakes, candy, sodas
Grains (yup, he says all grains)
Gluten (which is found not only in wheat but also in rye, couscous, matzo, semolina, spelt, soups, condiments, soy sauce, sausage, gravy, canned beans, cereals, and much, much, more)
Dairy (but on occasions, plain yogurt, organic whole or raw milk, and small amounts of cheese are okay)
All processed foods (Do not eat out of any package with ingredients listed.)
Tuna, sharks, swordfish – which are all high mercury
Tropical fruits like pineapple – which have a high glycemic index

I’ve also looked at Alzheimer’s dementia tips from Max Lugavere, who recommends putting mineral salt in your water (watercure), eating more avocados, leafy greens, lean meats, olive oil, and no grains, no junk food.

According to some studies, foods that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia include sugary snacks, alcohol, processed meats, and starchy foods (simple carbs).
The biggest risk, however, was a lack of vegetables. 

What’s your take on all of this?
Please comment below.

Use the free quiz to find out your Cognitive Quotient Assessment,

In downtown Phoenix, check out the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, where one can be fully assessed and treated (covered by Medicare).

DASNI is the Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International – an online forum for people with dementia to share and support each other.

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