Diets rich in vitamin C and E may delay the onset of memory-robbing Alzheimer’s disease. Free radicals that are released during normal cellular processes can be harmful to body tissues, leading to oxidative damage or stress. Experts have linked oxidative damage to many illnesses, including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Since antioxidants—including vitamins C and E—can neutralize free radicals, some experts believe these nutrients may help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that those with the highest intake of vitamin C and vitamin E from food appeared to be the least likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Smokers who consumed the most beta-carotene and flavonoids (two types of antioxidants) as found in foods, also appeared to cut their Alzheimer’s risk. Other researchers found that those with the highest dietary intake of vitamin E had the lowest risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, people who carried a gene known to increase Alzheimer’s risk did not see any benefit from vitamin E consumption.
Neither of the studies showed any reduction in the risk of developing Alzheimer’s among people who took dietary supplements such as daily vitamin pills that contained antioxidants. The benefits only occurred when the antioxidants were consumed in the form of food.
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia which causes loss of brain function, is one of the most costly and devastating disorders among elderly people. The number of sufferers in the United States is expected to grow from 4 million to 14 million over the next 50 years. This is a staggering number. Typical medical approaches offer no real treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
This study was funded by a drug company to draw greater awareness to the problem of Alzheimer’s disease and most likely to promote their own drug-based solution. However, medical drugs to not address the real multi-factorial cause of Alzheimer’s, including nutritional deficiencies, toxicity from environmental and chemical exposure, heavy metals from dental work and chronic infection.
Key Recommendations (for those with Alzheimer’s disease or to help prevent Alzheimer’s):
- Exercise is a very potent way to help ward off Alzheimer’s. Previous research has shown that the odds of developing Alzheimer’s were nearly quadrupled in people who were less active during their leisure time between the ages of 20 and 60 compared with their peers. Exercise is recommended several times per week (for a total of at least 3 – 5 hours per week.)
- Clear toxic dental metals. Getting the silver fillings (which are really mercury amalgams) out of your teeth is another effective strategy. But beware, don’t trade one poison for something worse. Many dental composites are considered to be more toxic than silver fillings, since they are petrochemically based. See our article, “Making the Right Dental Choice.”
- Download years of toxic accumulation by using Medi-Body Packs. This unique therapy is the use of a simple 15-minute externally applied detoxifying “mud” formula.
It contains a special moor concentrate (high in humic acid, fulvic acid, rare trace minerals, etc.) which is known for its gentle, but highly effective, deep-seated detoxifying effects. The skin is a highly absorptive organ; when applied to the skin, the moor-enhanced concentrate creates an osmotic exchange in which toxic chemicals are pulled out of the body while minerals and other nutrients are absorbed.
- Avoid aluminum. This means avoiding the use of aluminum cookware and utensils, aluminum antiperspirants, and most composite dental fillings (which contain aluminum compounds.)
- Clear mercury. Avoid and remove mercury from your diet. (Replace your silver fillings with bio-compatible restorations as well as avoiding the consumption of most commercial fish.)
- Avoid flu vaccinations. Vaccines contain toxic preservatives such as mercury. In addition, the the vaccine itself may cause severe stress to the immune system. Research shows that the concept of vaccines (i.e. the idea that they provide immunity against disease organisms) has never been adequately proven. Many elderly people have died after receiving flu vaccinations; many have experienced severe symptoms.
- Stay active with your mind. Find favorite activities and do them often, such as reading books, gardening, writing, social events with others, creative activities, etc. Avoid the “TV every night” routine. We recommend a maximum of 1½ hours of TV per day or a total of 10 hours per week. Become a TV connoisseur; carefully select programs you want to watch rather than just watching whatever happens to be on. Record TV programs in advance so you can watch them later and have a quality program to watch. If you are watching TV more than 10 – 12 hours per week, you may be living life through your television rather than living life for yourself.
See our General Dietary Recommendations. In addition, include these other key recommendations:
Eat More Vegetables. Eat a diet high in fresh vegetables, both raw and cooked, focusing more on above ground vegetables (such as broccoli, zucchini, etc.) rather than below ground vegetables such as carrots, beets, etc. Eat 15-20 pounds of vegetables a week. Work up to eating at least 50% of your diet as raw food daily. This includes fresh fruit, raw vegetables, delicious salads, soaked nuts and seeds, homemade raw kefir, fermented vegetables, sunflower seed cheese, etc. Eat “raw” for breakfast and lunch; have part of your evening meal as cooked food.
Key Baseline Nutritional Support
Use the Super Food Trio (3 key products which elegantly support all the classes of nutrition needed for optimal health.):
Masterful Antioxidant Protection
- Adaptogen-R3™ (90 Vcaps) contains grade 10 herbal adaptogens for superb adrenal and hormone support.
Adults: take 3 Vcaps/day
- Hyssinol™ (60 Vcaps): grade 10 herbal formula featuring hyssop, a key herb to help clear toxicity, protect cells and boost immune function. Adults: take 3 Vcaps/day.