Which nutrients may prevent the onset of Alzheimer's?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, twice as many American women as men have Alzheimer’s disease. The good news is that a recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology suggests that eating omega-3 rich foods, such as fish, salad dressing, margarine, and nuts, may help lower a level of a protein in the blood that has been associated with increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two fish meals, especially fatty fish, weekly to reduce the risk of dying from heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men in the United States.

Tip: To get triple Alzheimer’s disease-fighting potential at lunch, toss together tuna fish, chopped nuts, and a light salad dressing and stuff this salad into a whole wheat pita.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Nutrients that may prevent the onset of Alzheimer's include: folate, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids. They are all believed to reduce inflammation, which has been shown to play a role in Alzheimer's disease. The process of inflammation involves activating the immune system in response to infection. However, when this process does not shut down, chronic inflammation occurs and can lead to chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's.

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