Preventing Memory Loss: Healthy Diet And Exercise Approaches

Preventing Memory Loss: Healthy Diet And Exercise Approaches


Rob Davidson from California writes my father
had dementia and my older brother. Nothing scares me more than this, not even cancer.
What can I do to beat the odds, is there a sure fire way to stave off dementia? you know
I understand his concern because it effects actually 1/3rd of people over 65 now so the
incidence of having dementia of various different kinds has gone up, now the good news is that
there actually are a lot of things that we can do to help lower the risk and even if
you develop a little bit of it we have found some things that you can do to help reverse
it. You know I just read recently that getting early education, like having a really stimulating
education then trying to maintain cognitive function and stimulating brain puzzling teasing
process is really healthy for the brain. Have you discovered that as well? Yes, so there’s
actually a variety of different natural approaches and doing stimulating exercises for the brain
does not mean sitting in front of the television set and drinking beer. That is not a stimulating
exercise but actually do things like crossword puzzles, learning new languages, being social
is a big issue too because when we isolate ourselves it’s something that is not healthy
for us in a number of different ways, but being social is very stimulating for us. Exercising,
very very important for brain health because we’re increasing the oxygenation of the brain
and the addition to that makes a difference what we eat. So with every chronic disease
including dementia, what we know from a fundamental base is that oxygen free radicals and inflammation
play a key role in helping to create them and to fuel them. Let me just ask you a question
here I’ve been confused about this. The difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and
the presence of amyloidal plaques that have been found with Alzheimer’s disease, are they
also found in dementia patients? Well there’s actually many different kinds of dementia,
and we get a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease by doing scans of the brain and we see as
you mentioned amyloidal plaques, so these are a abnormal deposition of it’s a connective
tissue type of substance and it will show up on brain scans so that’s Alzheimer’s disease
but more often than not what we see are other forms of dementia and they can have many different
kinds of reasons why they’re there and some of them we don’t even, we’re not even able
to diagnose what’s going on. But again most of them what we know the processes are inflammation
and oxygen free radicals so if we do things that help to minimize oxygen free radicals
like by taking antioxidants or eating a lot of plants that are high in antioxidants. It
helps minimize that, and inflammation as well which is a process that’s involved in every
chronic disease and eating the same types of things is going to reduce inflammation
as well. So these amyloidal plaques, I just want to understand this, are they the same
as the arterial plaques that we find associated with cardiovascular disease? They’re different
so in the cardiovascular disease what we see is we get cholesterol deposits although inflammation
is actually something that plays a huge role and a lot of the cardiac people are saying
that our cholesterol levels are as important as our inflammation is and with Alzheimer
disease although the plaque is made of different material it has some similar processes. Now
what’s interesting about both plaques is that they found that there is iron present in the
plaques and the brain and iron present in the plaques in the blood vessels. What does
that come from? That comes from eating too much red meat. So you know we can take iron
if you’re a menstruating woman, but if you’re not a menstruating woman, if you’re a man
or a woman who’s gone through menopause you do not need to take extra amounts of iron,
and we find in too high of quantities in red meat. So that’s another reason red meat is
not so great for us. Well I know you’ve talked a lot about the value of good healthy fats
is this also an important matter when it comes to maintaining good brain function? Absolutely.
So eating a lot of omega 3 fatty acids which is found in flaxseeds and deep water fish
like salmon very very important I actually recommend that everyone takes supplemental
omega 3 fatty acids every day for your best health and then in addition to that they found
that coconut oil is something that seems to be extremely beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease
and other forms of dementia. But isn’t that a saturated fat? Just like the saturated fats
found in meat? You know we used to think that too, but now we got smarter and we found that
because it’s a vegetable saturated fat it works differently in our body it doesn’t have
the same effects and it has some very wonderful antiviral and antibacterial effects, so extremely
healthy for us. Ok, so we’ve talked about the value of exercise we’ve talked about coconut
oil, good omega 3 fatty acids, did I miss something, did I leave something out? Brain
teasers! You must be losing your mind. Ok, so there’s good news for Rob from California.
So thank you very much Dr. Horner for sharing your views on this very important topic. If
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