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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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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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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New Study Shows Coffee Can Prevent or Delay Alzheimer’s

…reducing the risk of dementia or substantially delaying its onset. This study, which will be published in the online version of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, was conducted by researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami. After tracking the memory and cognitive skills…

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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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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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Five Healthy Reasons to Enjoy Your Cup O' Joe

Patients coming to the Whitaker Wellness Institute sometimes express surprise that we serve coffee. Doesn’t it increase the body’s acidity? Aren’t health-conscious people supposed to drink tea instead? Isn’t caffeine bad for you? If coffee were harmful, then every morning emergency rooms…

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Exercise Your Brain

We all know that we need to exercise our muscles to keep them toned and healthy. Unfortunately, when it comes to improving brain function we completely overlook the value of exercise. Brain power is not just innate; it can be improved with usage. When you exercise your brain, you build nerve…

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Folic Acid for Alzheimer's Prevention

Want to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease? Take more folic acid. According to one promising study, folic acid may protect against this devastating disease. Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center enrolled a group of 965 New Yorkers age 65 or older who did not have dementia, and…

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New Study Shows Drinking Coffee Prevents Skin Cancer

If you love coffee, here’s another reason to go ahead and drink up. New research shows that drinking more than three cups of coffee per day can lower your risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), one of the most common forms of skin cancer. The researchers analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study…

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Inflammation and Heart Disease

A multi-billion-dollar industry has been built around the idea that large, cholesterol-filled blockages in the arteries cause heart attacks. That concept is just plain wrong. The reality is that as many as 80 percent of all heart attacks occur when smaller plaques, destabilized by inflammation,…

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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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Alzheimer's Prevention: It's Never Too Early

…progression and improve cognitive function. Alzheimer's Prevention Tips * Watch Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol: Many people don’t realize it, but high blood pressure and cholesterol can increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. So one of my top Alzheimer's prevention tips is to eat a high-fiber…

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The Benefits of Vitamins C and E

You already know that vitamins C and E are important nutrients and protective antioxidants. But what many people don’t realize is that together they give you powerful protection against many diseases. The Benefits of Vitamins C and E * Ward off bone loss. One of the best ways to strengthen bones…

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How to Ward Off Cognitive Decline

Last week, I told you about recent research linking higher blood sugar levels with cognitive impairment. While taking steps to manage your blood sugar is important, there are other ways you can ward off memory loss—and the sooner you start the better. Here is what I recommend. * Exercise…

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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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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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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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Brain Bender: Test Your Mental Edge

…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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