Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Habits to Help Lower the Risk of Alzheimer's

House work

A recent study showed that simple activities like cooking, cleaning washing the dishes and exercise are associated with a decreased Alzheimer's disease risk, even among people who are age 80 and older.

People who were the least active each day were two times more likely to go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, compared with people who were the most active.

Speak Two Languages

Being bilingual could strengthen your brainpower and protect against dementia.  The anticipation of having to speak one of two language at any given time forces the brain to run continually, and results in an experience that helps avoid a mental conflict between languages.

Consume Curcumin

Research in flies suggests that the main compound in turmeric, called curcumin, could have powers against Alzheimer's.

A study suggested that curcumin may work by reducing the amount of oligomers, which are the "precursor" forms of amyloid plaques in the brain.

Do Puzzles

Doing some puzzles and playing games every day could ward off mental decline. Also, life-long reading and game-playing could decrease beta amyloid levels in the brain, which are considered a hallmark of  Alzheimer’s.

Walk

Elderly people who walk six to nine miles a week could decrease their risk of dementia and brain functioning problems.

in a study, researchers found that people who walked the most had a halved risk of developing the brain problems as people who walked the least in the study.

People age 65 and older who regularly exercise have a decreased risk of vascular dementia.

Eat Your Fish And Nuts

It has been found that eating a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids  (fish, nuts and chicken) is linked with lower levels of beta-amyloid protein, which is linked with Alzheimer's disease.

Drink Green Tea

Green tea could have powers against Alzheimer's disease.  When green tea is digested, the released compounds have protective effects against Alzheimer's.

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