our Health Index for More Subjects, Conditions and
The brain has 100 billion specialized nerve cells
called neurons.. Each nerve cell communicates with
many others to form networks. Nerve cell
networks have special jobs. Some are involved
in thinking, learning and remembering. Others
help us see, hear and smell. Still others tell
our muscles when to move. In Alzheimer’s
disease, as in other types of dementia,
increasing numbers of brain cells deteriorate
Take the Brain
Tour to learn more about how the
brain works and how Alzheimer's disease
The role of plaques and
Two abnormal structures called plaques and
tangles are believed to be damaging and
killing nerve cells. Plaques and tangles were
among the abnormalities that Dr. Alois
Alzheimer saw when he first named the disease,
although he called them different names.
Plaques build up
between nerve cells. They contain deposits
of a protein fragment called beta-amyloid
Tangles Tangles are
twisted fibers of another protein called
tau (rhymes with “wow”). Tangles form
inside dying cells.
Though most people develop some plaques and
tangles as they age, those with Alzheimer’s
tend to develop far more.
The plaques and tangles tend to form in a
predictable pattern, beginning in areas
important in learning and memory and then
spreading to other regions.
Scientists are not absolutely sure what
role plaques and tangles play in Alzheimer’s
disease. Most experts believe they somehow
block communication among nerve cells and
disrupt activities that cells need to survive.
Factors likely to cause Alzheimer's include
heavy metal poisoning, environmental
influences, genetics, hormone imbalances,
impaired blood flow, and nutritional
Here is an interesting article on
Alzheimers as Diabetes of the Brain
What can be done:
vegetable and fruit juices: particularly
vegetable juices since they have less
fructose. These juices have tons of
sugars & carbs:
Why would eating lots
of sweets and carbohydrates increase your risk
of dementia? Well, there are three
Sugar dramatically increases your metabolism,
and high rates of metabolism become a major
source of free radical production which damage
your cells and impair their function.)
High levels of sugar in your body cause the
sugar to react with various critical proteins,
including enzymes that repair DNA damage
caused by free radicals.
Continued high sugar consumption prevents your
cells from absorbing the sugar needed to
produce energy — a condition called insulin
resistance. Another recent study found a high
incidence of insulin resistance in those with
Alzheimer's dementia. The worst form of sugar
is high Fructose corn syrup.
such as B6, folic acid, and
that lower homocysteine
levels. It is thought that a high
homocysteine level in the brain causes
neuronal damage leading to progression of
eat an average of 180 mg or more a day of
a fatty acid found in fish
oils, have a lower incidence of
Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia,
compared with people who consume less DHA,
according to epidemiologic data collected
in the Framingham Heart Study. Dietary
supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids
may protect cognitive function in patients
with mild, early stage AD.
sunlight in the morning and sleep pattern
Other things that might
protects against amyloid-beta
neurotoxicity and may be helpful in combination with
medical drugs, if that is chosen to be
used. The dose
should not be more than 100 to 300 mg a
day a few times a week. You can
find a Acetyl
L-Carnitine/ Alpha Lipoic Acid combo
Use of ginkgo
biloba should certainly be considered.
Use of curcumin,
the yellow compound found in turmeric.
Curcumin supplements are now available.
Curcumin is lately getting more attention
and appears to be a good preventive spice.
breakdown of acetylcholine with supplements such as huperzine.
blood flow to brain cells
improvement through nutrients and herbs
herbal teas, including green
Nutrients: Prevent and Treat Alzheimer's,
Enhance Brain Function
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? EMAIL
AND GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED.
If you would like to receive the McVitamins Newsletter,
Sign up here: Newsletter Signup
take privacy and security seriously, read about it
or Search this Website
Tips Health Concerns
. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of this website in full or in part is prohibited without the express written permission of McVitamins
We have used our best judgment in compiling this information. The Food and Drug Administration may not have evaluated the information presented. Any reference to a specific product is for your information only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease