diet

Mediterranean diet found to reduce Alzheimer's risk

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 by: Jessica Fraser
Tags: mediterranean diet, Alzheimer's disease, grocery healing

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Top ten things you need to do NOW to protect yourself from an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
Governments seize colloidal silver being used to treat Ebola patients, says advocate
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises

Delicious
(NaturalNews) Following the Mediterranean diet -- rich in healthy fats and oily fish -- may help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study by Columbia University researchers.

The study's lead researcher, Dr. Nikolaos Scarmeas, first reported a possible link between the Mediterranean diet and Alzheimer's disease in June in the journal Annals of Neurology. Scarmeas' first study, involving over 2,200 New York residents, found lower risk of Alzheimer's among participants who followed the diet, which includes high levels of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, beans, olive oil and fatty fish. Red meat is rarely eaten, and eggs, dairy and poultry are consumed in moderation.

To confirm the results of their June study, Scarmeas and colleagues repeated the study on about 2,000 people who either suffered from Alzheimer's or were at high risk of developing the disease. Roughly one in 10 participants were already diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the average age of the patients was 76.

The researchers reviewed the diets of the study participants over the course of a year, and found that those who most closely followed the Mediterranean diet experienced a 40 to 65 percent lower risk of Alzheimer's disease than those who did not closely follow the diet.

Scarmeas -- whose latest study was published in the online issue of the journal Archives of Neurology -- said that although there is some evidence of a genetic influence on Alzheimer's, doctors do not know the cause of the vast majority of cases. "But there is plenty of room for environmental influences, like diet, to play a role," Scarmeas said.

A separate study published in the October issue of Archives of Neurology found that in patients who were experiencing mild mental decline associated with the onset of Alzheimer's, supplementing the diet with omega-3 fatty acid pills slowed the progression of the disease.

Researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University Hospital examined 204 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's, and found that among patients with very mild symptoms, mental decline slowed after omega-3 supplementation. Researcher Dr. Tommy Cederholm called the results "clinically relevant, but not dramatic," and called for further research.

Nutritionist Mike Adams, author of "The Seven Laws of Nutrition," said both studies demonstrate the strong correlation between diet and brain function.

"Deterioration of cognitive function is not, as most people believe, something we are automatically doomed to experience as we age," Adams said. "Most of the cognitive decline we observe in the population today is due to dietary causes, not natural aging. A well-nourished brain that is kept active and engaged can function at peak levels well beyond age 100."

###

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.