Alzheimer's Disease: Prevention & Treatment

the top killers in the United States are heart disease cancer and Stroke starting out of nowhere just a few decades ago in now is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States what is it Alzheimer's disease hi in this video I'll be describing what alzheimers disease is and what seems to be the best ways to prevent and treat it last week I was watching dr. Michael Greger hour-long lecture called from table to table combating disabling diseases with food and I was fascinated by the difference that a plant-based diet can make to our health in particular I was interested in Alzheimer's disease who cares have you lived to be a hundred if in the final years you don't recognize yourself in the mirror so I looked at more videos by dr. Gregor to see what else he had found on the subject and so I'll include some excerpts from that in this video in addition veg sauce uploaded a video with dr. Neil benign or lecturing about the benefits of a plant-based diet and some other ways to prevent Alzheimer's disease so I recommend watching the whole lecture for more detail but I'll just summarize a bit of that in this video our Simas disease is the most common form of dementia it damages the brain resulting in impaired memory thinking and behavior the brain is fed and provided with oxygen by a complex network of arteries veins and capillaries this vascular network is strictly controlled and segregates the brain from the rest of the blood stream the blood-brain barrier protects the brain from infection but if the brain becomes infected it is difficult to treat because antibiotics are too large in their molecular structure to cross the blood-brain barrier this is a problem when finding agents to treat Alzheimer's disease as they must pass this barrier to target the brain our brains form a million new connections every second that we're alive it is in these connections that memories are stored habits learned and personalities shaped going back to the 1900s dr. Alzheimer examined the brain of his patient mrs. dieter upon her death he found shrinking of the outer layer or the cortex the region of the brain involved in memory language and judgment dr. Alzheimer also found two types of deposits in dieter's brain one kind was found outside the brain cells which are known as plaques and the other type of deposit was found inside the brain cells known as neurofibrillary tangles the plaques impair synapses so signals can't pass between the brain cells tangles kill brain cells by preventing the normal transport of food and energy around the brain cell as brain cells die the brain shrinks which can be detected by magnetic resonance imaging the outer part of the brain is usually the area affected first by the disease short-term memory loss is therefore one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer's disease but as the disease progresses to deeper parts of the brain long-term memory is also lost the disease also affects many other brains other functions and consequently many other aspects of behavior are disturbed both dr. Michael Greger and dr. Neal Barnard assert that lifestyle factors and especially diet goes a long way in preventing Alzheimer's disease and slowing its progression this is what cerebral arteries should look like open clean allowing blood to flow this is what atherosclerosis in our brain arteries looks like clogged with fat and cholesterol closing off the Artic restricting blood flow within our brain this reduction in blood flow can starve the brain of oxygen causing the sound little mini strokes brain atrophy shrinkage the cumulative effects appear to play a pivotal role in the development of Alzheimer's what about the so called Alzheimer's gene a bowi for diet Trump's genes the highest frequency of Alzheimer's gene in the world is Nigeria but they also have some of the lowest Alzheimer's rates to understand why one has to understand the role of a bowi what does the gene do the Alzheimer's gene makes the principal cholesterol carrier in the brain but if your cholesterol is low enough because your diet is low enough in animal fat if you Center your diet around grains and vegetables then changes in cholesterol can lead to changes in gene expression just because we've been dealt some bad genetic cards doesn't mean we can't reshuffle the deck with diet if you follow people who are just starting to lose their mental faculties the cognition of those with the least artery-clogging in their brain remains pretty stable over the years but those with more cholesterol buildup got worse and those with the most blockage rapidly declined the same with the ability to carry out activities of daily living like dressing oneself and arterial disease doubled the progression to Alzheimer's in summary an inefficient blood supply to the brain can have very grave consequences on brain function but this treatment of vascular risk factors like high blood pressure high cholesterol make a difference we didn't know until now 300 patients with Alzheimer's and those with their vascular risk factors treated showed significantly less decline slowed progression of their disease according to the latest guidelines for the prevention of Alzheimer's the two most important things we can do is cut down our consumption of meat dairy and junk and replace them with vegetables beans fruits and whole grains that's the best science we have the prevalence of dementia in Japan has shot up over the last few decades mechanisms to explain this in Japan include increases in cholesterol saturated fat and iron from increases in the consump of animal products traditional diets generally are weighted towards vegetable products such as grains and away from animal products but since 1960 the diet in Japan has changed from a more traditional rice based diet to one with a preponderance of meat from 1961 to 2008 meat and animal fat increased considerably whereas the rice supply dropped the dietary factor most strongly associated with the rise in Alzheimer's disease in Japan was the increased consumption of animal fat a similar analysis in China arrived at the same conclusion on the basis of these findings the rate of Alzheimer's disease and dementia will continue to rise unless dietary patterns change to those with less reliance on animal products this is consistent with data showing that those who eat vegetarian appear 2 to 3 times less likely to become demented and the longer one eats meat free the lower the associated risk of dementia globally the lowest validated rates of Alzheimer's in the world are rural India where they eat low meat high grain high bean high carb diets a Whole Foods plant-based diet which is naturally low in iron copper saturated fats and trans fats and high in vitamin E and other antioxidants is a powerful way to reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease dr. Greger also found that saffron and berries have additional benefits for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease it was a double-blind randomized trial measuring cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer's patients comparing saffron to placebo so what did they find you give Alzheimer's patients placebo capsules and as you can see their cognitive dysfunction and gets worse over time that's what happens in Alzheimer's you get worse and worse until you die unless it appears you spice up your life with little saffron conclusion this double-blind placebo-controlled study suggests that at least in the short-term 16 weeks saffron is both safe and effective in mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease while fruits and vegetables help reduce the risk of other chronic diseases might they work for brain diseases as well there's been a proliferation of recent interest in plant polyphenols as agents in the treatment of dementia there are 4,000 different kinds found ubiquitously in foods of plant origin but berries are packed with them possessing powerful antioxidant anti-inflammatory properties there's a subset of a subset called anthocyanidins natural blue purple pigments uniquely and specifically capable of both crossing the blood-brain barrier and localizing inside brain regions involved in learning and memory and that's where we need it the brain takes up less than like 2% of the body weight but may burn up to 50% of the body's fuel creating a potential firestorm of free radicals so maybe these brain seeking phytonutrients and berries could fight oxidation inflammation and increase blood flow blueberry supplementation improves memory in older adults suggesting that consistent supplementation with blueberries may offer an approach to forestall or mitigate brain degeneration with age one of their blue-purple foods can we try concord grape juice had a similar benefit improving verbal learning suggesting that supplementation with purple grape juice may enhance cognitive function and older adults with early memory decline the first population-based evidence that greater intakes of blueberries and strawberries were highly associated with slower rates of cognitive decline and not just by a little bit the magnitude of associations were equivalent to the cognitive different difference that one might observe in women up to two and a half years apart in age in other words women with higher intake of berries appeared to have delayed cognitive aging by as much as two and a half years for even more protection combined a healthy plant-based diet with other lifestyle factor such as sufficient sleep regular exercise effective stress management mental stimulation and avoidance of drugs when possible I hope you found this video interesting feel free to like and share it and I'll see you in my next video


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  4. Hi Li-San, I really like your videos. But I'm a bit confused about the copper, they say that one reason people are getting gray hair earlyer and earlyer is because most people have a diet low in copper, and I now as a raw til 4 vegan has a really high value of copper in my diet.

  5. Wonderful video Li- San. I love your informational videos. This was so concise and clear. One more of your videos I will be sending along to my family 🙂

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  8. Change of pace… An informational type video worth sharing with older adults too 🙂

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