Dr. Gary Small, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry and aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Small, one the nations top brain health experts, frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Dr. Oz Show. He is co-author with his wife Gigi Vorgan of many popular books, including The New York Times best-seller, The Memory Bible, and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program. He is author of The Mind Health Report newsletter.

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Mineral Water Stops Alzheimer's

Friday, 21 Feb 2014 04:28 PM

By Dr. Small

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Drinking a quart of mineral water a day can prevent and even reverse Alzheimer’s disease, according to British researchers. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that silicon-rich water can remove aluminum from the bodies of those suffering from the disease. Aluminum has long been implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s, although it is not known if it actually causes the disease.
 
After drinking about a quart of mineral water each day for 13 weeks, the amount of toxic aluminum in one patient’s body dropped by 70 percent. Others also showed large reductions. Researchers believe that it is the silicon in mineral water that removes aluminum.
 
Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, who led the research, notes that the results give hope of finding simple ways to fight Alzheimer’s.
 
“There were two parts to our research,” says Exley. “The first was that when you drink silicon-rich mineral water, aluminum throughout the body is gathered up into the blood and excreted through the urine. The second was looking at cognitive abilities of people with Alzheimer’s, and whether this changed as aluminum was reduced.”
 
The research did show a potential relationship between the removal of aluminum and improvement in cognitive function.
 
“It is highly unlikely to see changes over such a short period, so the fact we saw changes in
cognitive ability was quite a surprise,” concludes Exley.
 
Most Alzheimer’s patients in the study showed no further signs of cognitive decline and some showed major improvement.

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