A healthy diet is your most powerful path to a healthy brain. You should eat low-fat foods including at least five servings of fruits and vegetables (primarily vegetables) and no more than a slice of whole grain bread a day, along with a minimum of high-glycemic carbohydrates. Drink filtered fluoride-free water. (To learn more about what's in the water you're drinking, read my special report "Is Your Drinking Water Fit to Drink?")
The best diet is the Mediterranean diet, which is higher in protein (mainly fish) than most Western diets, high in vegetables and extra virgin olive oil, and low in carbohydrates. Seafood, although high in omega-3 oils, can be high in mercury (methylmercury), so caution must be exercised. It is best to get your omega-3 oils from supplements. My report "Omega 3: Nature’s Miracle Panacea" explains many benefits of omega-3 oils.
Fruits, and especially vegetables, contain some of the most powerful chemical antioxidants found naturally. They also contain powerful anti-excitotoxic, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating and antiviral components. At least five servings of vegetables a day also plays a major role in preventing these neurodegenerative diseases. A study found that of 1,367 people over age 65 followed for five years, those with the highest intake of flavonoids from fruits and vegetables had a 51 percent lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease.
Of particular interest has been blueberry extract. In one study, it was found not only to slow the aging of the brain but also to reverse some of the aging changes. A more recent study found that blueberry extract could completely prevent Alzheimer's disease in a hereditary animal model of the disease. This means that blueberry extract might prevent the disease even in those inheriting both of the APOE4 genes.
While you should increase your intake of all of the antioxidant vitamins, including vitamins C, E, D, K, carotenoids and all the B vitamins, you also should supplement with additional antioxidants. Some of the more powerful are the flavonoids, special components isolated from plants. These include hesperidin, quercetin, green tea extract, artichoke extract, grape seed extract and bilberry, all available from natural supplement suppliers.
One supplement found to provide major protection to the brain is melatonin. Most people think of melatonin as nothing more than a sleep aid, but it is one of the brain's most important antioxidants and actually increases the antioxidant enzyme content of the brain. This is especially important because recent studies have shown that levels of these antioxidant enzymes are low in people who develop Alzheimer's dementia and Parkinson's disease.
All cells contain a very powerful antioxidant called glutathione. It is especially important for protecting the brain, especially against excitotoxicity and mercury poisoning. Low levels of this antioxidant are seen in all cases of neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Ironically, it is fairly easy to increase the levels of glutathione in all your cells. The supplement N-acetyl-L cysteine (NAC) has been shown to dramatically increase glutathione levels.
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