Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dementia Defeating Diet: Guarding your Mind, with Food!

Humans everywhere fear developing dementia, more than any other health condition. Studies in every country repeat this universal terror, of losing mental control.

That's why its amazing that so few people realize this--- that basic lifestyle changes can save their mind, while saving their body.

In England, for example, 37 per cent of people fear developing dementia in later life--- they fear dementia above cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

But of those people, 62 per cent thought lifestyle has no impact on possibly developing dementia!

A dementia-defeating diet? Can this be possible? Well, its not only possible, but its inevitable.

We all know that food affects the body in many good and bad ways. But how can food affect the mind?

A landmark study by French researchers has produced concrete evidence that fish, omega-3 rich oils, fruits and vegetables, can reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

The French National Institute study (published in the journal Neurology) is based on 8,085 people older than 65, who had no dementia (at the start of the study).

Over the following four years, 183 of the participants developed Alzheimer's disease, and 98 developed another form of dementia.

Those who regularly consumed omega-3 rich oils, such as canola, flaxseed, and walnut oil, were 60 percent less likely to develop dementia than those who did not regularly consume such oils.

The French study also found that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables lowered dementia risk by 30 percent.

People who ate fish at least once a week were 40 percent less likely to develop dementia and 35 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's--- but only if they didn't carry a gene (ApoE4) (known to increase the risk of Alzheimer's).

Pascale Barberger-Gateau, of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, said, "Given that most people do not carry the ApoE4 gene, these results could have considerable implications in terms of public health."

The French researchers also found that people without the ApoE4 gene, who regularly consumed omega-6 rich oils -- such as sunflower or grape-seed oil -- but not omega-3 rich oils or fish, were twice as likely to develop dementia as people who didn't eat omega-6 rich oils!

Guard your mind while protecting your body--- because a mind is a terrible thing to lose!

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