Alzheimers

Curcumin: The Spice of Life and Health

India’s population is just over one billion people, more than three times the population of the United States. Yet, Alzheimer’s disease is virtually nonexistent there, whereas it affects half of Americans over age 85. In fact, elderly residents of rural India have the lowest rates of…

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Study Links Diabetes and Alzheimer's: How to Reduce Your Risk

You may have seen or read in the news that researchers have discovered a link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s. The journal Neurology published a study showing that type 2 diabetes is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The study, performed by Japanese doctors, followed…

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FDA Action On Statins: Too Little, Too Late & Too Risky!

How many people need to develop diabetes or memory loss before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decides to take action? Far too many! The FDA announced yesterday that it was issuing new warnings to be put on the labels of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, cautioning that they can cause…

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New Study Shows Mental Activity Stops Alzheimer's

We’ve often heard that when it comes to brain health, it’s “use it or lose it”—and that things like crossword puzzles, reading, and more can ward off mental decline. Now, a new study released by the University of California, Berkeley shows that mental stimulation actually stops the…

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6 Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

You are likely familiar with some of the benefits of vitamin D, including its ability to help prevent osteoporosis and colds and flu. But here are six other ways optimal levels of vitamin D can help improve or support your health, and why supplementing with vitamin D is so important. * Abdominal…

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Folic Acid for Alzheimer's Prevention

While there are many lifestyle changes and other therapies that can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests that increasing your intake of folic acid is one of the easiest Alzheimer’s prevention steps you can take. Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center enrolled a group…

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The Connection Between Diabetes and Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease has recently been linked to diabetes. Researchers from Brown University analyzed the brain tissue of 45 patients who had died with varying degrees of Alzheimer’s. In the study, they compared this tissue with that of people who did not have a history of diabetes. In every…

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Vitamin E and Prostate Cancer

…one negative study among many positive studies that show the health benefits of vitamin E for the prevention and/or treatment of heart disease, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders, macular degeneration and other common diseases. * Finally, it is nonsense to jump to the conclusion, based…

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Higher Blood Sugar Levels Linked With Cognitive Impairment

A couple of years ago, I wrote about a study examining the link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s in which Japanese researchers found that type 2 diabetes increased the risk of dementia by 35 percent. Now, research recently published in the journal Neurology suggests that higher blood sugar—even…

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Health Risks of Antiperspirants: Fact or Fiction?

Researchers have long speculated that there’s a link between antiperspirants, breast cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease because of the aluminum they contain. But do these health risks of antiperspirants really exist? A 2008 review concluded that there was no scientific evidence indicating that…

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Boost Cognitive Function With This Brain Bender

…yourself mentally strengthens existing neuronal pathways in your brain, and builds new nerve connections that enhance cognitive function and aid in Alzheimer's prevention. With mental exercises, variety is important. Try rotating in different activities such as reading books, playing games and puzzles, learning…

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B-Complex Vitamins Reduce Work-Related Stress

Since the economic downturn, Americans are working longer and harder than ever. Understandably, this means they’re being exposed to more stress and, as a result, are at increased risk of anxiety and depression. The good news is that taking B-complex vitamins can help. In a clinical trial,…

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Forget About the RDAs: Here's Why You Need More B Vitamins

All multivitamins contain a smattering of B vitamins, so what else do you need to know? Actually, there’s a lot of new research, especially on folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6. Here are six reasons why you should be taking these three vitamins—and at dosages higher than what you’re…

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Nutrient Spotlight: Benefits of B Vitamins

Last week, I kicked off my blog series on how different components of a multivitamin help promote and support optimal health and well-being. Today, I’m going to tell you about the varied benefits of B vitamins. Generally speaking, B vitamins are vital multitaskers. They are involved in everything…

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Benefits of Krill Oil

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the different supplement sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Now I want to focus more closely on one of them: krill oil. While research has shown that the EPA and DHA found in krill and other marine sources are the best-absorbed forms of omega-3 fatty acids…

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Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death

It’s no secret that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. But did you know that most of these fatalities occur without warning in individuals who are seemingly healthy? Sudden cardiac death kills approximately 325,000 Americans every year and claims more lives than…

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6 Reasons to Give Dark Chocolate This Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine’s Day, which means cards, flowers, and of course the traditional box of chocolates. If you make that dark chocolate, you’re not only giving a gift that’s from the heart, you’re also giving a gift that’s heart-healthy and has other therapeutic benefits. Here are six…

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