A high sugar, high fat diet “disrupts normal insulin function in the brain, increases inflammation and oxidative stress and impairs amyloid regulation”. (Quote by S. Craft in ‘Eat your way to dementia’, Trivedia B, New Scientist No. 2880, Sep 2012)
In India, the rate of Alzheimer’s Disease is among the lowest in the world. Early studies show that eating curry reduces plaque buildup. Curcumin, an active compound present in the spice turmeric, was found to reduce oxidative damage and amyloid pathology.
(Cole GM et al. Neuroprotective effects of curcumin. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;595:197-212)
Elderly people with higher blood levels of vitamins B, C, D, E and omega 3 fatty acids performed better in mental acuity tests and suffered less brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer’s disease – while “junk food” diets had the opposite effect.
Most people expect to suffer a degree of decline as they age. Noel Coward said that it’s ” foolish to think that one can ever slam the door in the face of age. Much wiser to be polite and gracious and ask him to lunch in advance”. True, there is no point in denying the […]