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What does the Apo E4 gene have to do with Alzheimer's?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Research shows that an elevated level of the Apo E4 protein is correlated with a higher incidence of Alzheimer's. Fortunately, there are things you can do to turn down the activity of the E4 gene and allow the rest of the Apo E team to clear your power lines. Eating turmeric, which is found in Indian foods, seems to reduce expression of the E4 gene (India, by the way, has a relatively low incidence of Alzheimer's). Exercise has a similar effect.

If you have a family history of memory-related problems and are comfortable with genetic testing, you can have your level of Apo E4 protein checked. That will help you determine whether you're more or less predisposed to clearing that gunky beta-amyloid from your neural wiring. No matter what your result, know that obesity and alcohol intake increase expression of the gene, while exercise decreases the amount of Apo E4 in the blood.
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