Saturday, September 8, 2012
WHAT TO EAT TO MINIMIZE ALZHEIMER'S
Let's start with a what not to consume. The latest medical evidence is that GINGKO does not work. What makes this study condemning is that the research was financed by Ipsen, a producer of gingko biloba supplements. Further, you certainly don't want a gingko tree in your yard, for when the fruit drops to the ground and ferments, the putrid smell of vomit permeates. However, when the leaves turn yellow, the tree itself is quite beautiful.
A little more than a year ago I reported that seafood, or, perhaps, just living near oceans, rivers and lakes, probably increases the odds of you contracting dementia and Alzheimer's. This sounds like a joke, but coconut oil is being touted (no convincing medical proof, though), as an antidote. After all, Pat Robertson, Dr. Coconut and Dr. Mercola all believe this. I can't believe I actually bought two bottles of virgin coconut oil. I actually like the taste of this aroma when I fry pancakes or fish, so, I thought, heck, why not. At one time the medical advice was to avoid coconuts for they increased your cholesterol level. While this is still generally true, you enhance your high density lipoprotein, which is good for your health. However, don't lather all your food with this oil for there are such things as calories.
Last week I featured a posting on the naturally produced chemical, diacetyl, which is found in dairy products and most alcoholic drinks. The latest info is that diacetyl stimulates the advancement of Alzheimer's. Red wine, though, for reasons unknown, has very little dacetyl, and could well be part of the reason why this potion is good for your health if not consumed to excess. The medical advice is for males to drink 10 ounces/day, and, as a bottle is 26 ounces, this is 38.5% of the contents, which is a lot of daily wine. Females are only approved for 5 ounces.
This is not quite the American Medical Association, but Reader's Digest suggests six foods to help prevent Alzheimer's (but they do cite some fairly credible medical studies):
1. Omega-3 (EPA and DCA, best found in fish and nuts, and ALA in flaxseed) and -6 (meats) fatty acids: careful, though, too much from supplements can increase bleeding.
2. Foods rich in Vitamins C (citrus, broccoli) and E (olive oil, almonds)
3. Anything high in flavinoids (apples, blueberries, asparagus, cabbage, onions, spinach, pomegranate, etc.)
4. Curry powder (turmeric contains curcumin, which gives this spice that yellow color).
5. B vitamins with folate (dark leafy greens and dried beans)
6. Wine (a French study says 4 ounces/day, not specifying color, reducing risk of Alzheimer's by 75%)
So, the conclusion is that you should consume bluefin tuna sashimi, grilled steaks, apples oranges, almonds, blueberries, curries, leafy vegetables, and an assortment of other goodies, with at least 4 ounces, but, perhaps up to 10 ounces, of red wine (because Chardonnay has too much diacetyl). These ingredients will be included in my meals today and tomorrow and into the future.