Sunday, January 29, 2012

Possible Cure for Alzheimer’s found in Our Daily Diets

A recent article in NaturalNews states there is new research linking nutrients within an individual’s diet with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a continuous problem with the aging population in America. This disease diminishes memory and takes many years off individual’s lives. Until now the overall consensus has been there are no cures, no prevention, and no drugs to stop the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s. But there may be a new hope in the near future!

An online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, explains that people who eat foods rich in certain vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people lacking these important nutrients. Some of these vitamins are vitamins C, D, E, and B.

Nutrients and Foods Associated with Alzheimer’s
Vitamin C
Oranges, Clementines, Kiwi Fruits, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Strawberries
Vitamin D
Fish (Fish Oils), Dairy Products (Milk,etc.), Eggs, Salami, Ham, Sausages
Vitamin E
Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Peanuts, Dried Apricots, Cooked Spinach
Vitamin B
Liver, Beef, Tuna, Oats, Turkey, Bananas, Potatoes, Avocados
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Flax seeds, Walnuts, Sardines, Salmon, Soybeans, Scallops, Shrimp, Tofu, Tuna

Another important fact about these nutrients is they have also been linked to providing sharper cognitive abilities. Seniors that consumed plenty of these vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids scored better on mental thinking tests than people with low levels of these nutrients. People that eat, the typical American diet, consisting of junk food and fast foods may actually be killing their brains. The research study showed that people with diets high in trans fats, found in packaged, fast, fried, and frozen foods and margarine spread, were more likely to experience shrinking of brain tissue. People with high trans-fat diets also scored lower on thinking skills and memory tests than people with low trans-fat diets.

This research project observed 104 people with an average age of 87 who had few risk factors for memory and thinking problems. Lab tests performed in this research measured the levels of different nutrients present in each participant’s blood. The participant’s also took cognitive tests to measure memory and thinking skills and 42 of the participants had MRI scans in order to observe their brain volume.

Future research is currently being performed at the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). This research study is based on herbal preparations made from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree. In preliminary reports these scientists, using the natural treatments from these leaves, have shown improved symptoms of Alzheimer’s by allowing patients to regain the ability to perform daily tasks.

This research article provides hope to the large aging population in America. Hopefully by modifying our diets by adding select nutrients we will be able to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

To learn more about Alzheimer's disease or how to help with fighting this cause, please see the link below and join the Alzheimer's Association.

In order to communicate this scientific article and make my blog understandable for a general audience, I wrote about a serious health condition, made it relatable, and made it easy to read. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., therefore by writing about something as serious as this disease I feel many readers will want to read this blog post. This research article focuses on nutrition and diet, which is huge part of every person’s life. Therefore by focusing on how diet can improve Alzheimer’s it makes the article relatable with a general audience because anyone can improve their diet. Lastly I added a table to my blog post to make the diet information easier for the reader to understand and easy for the reader to see what foods contain the important nutrients discussed within the research. 


  1. Very nicely organized and explained. You relate the information well to the reader, and stress some important points, like the effects of trans-fats.

  2. I really enjoyed this post! You did a good job at communicating the information and made it very easy to understand. I also liked that you included the table so that people can actually attempt to enforce these changes in their lives. Definitely great research for an important cause!

  3. I thought you did a nice job with the post! It was easy to read, and was definitely useful for everyone because everyone wants to know what to do to improve their health.