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Four Ways to Reduce Your Risk Factors for Alzheimer's
Posted: 1/20/2016 12:59 PM by
B Vitamins, cinnamon
and exercise to your health regimen can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and age-related dementia. How this works and why are part of the fascinating research being conducted on what could affect one in four Americans by 2050.
A study conducted by the University of Washington in 2014 identified a connection between antihistamines and their anticholinergic effect, which disrupts a neurotransmitter responsible for spasms and inflammation. This doesn’t mean that you should stop taking antihistamines and suffer with a runny nose, but the study suggests that these drugs shouldn’t be used long-term and that alternative medications, generally those that don’t cause drowsiness, are preferable.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, caffeine and coffee may have a therapeutic effect when it comes to Alzheimer’s. Studies on mice showed that those given caffeinated-water had less memory impairment and developed less amyloid-beta proteins, identified as a trigger for Alzheimer’s.
As the brain ages, it accumulates a protein called “tau,” which normally stabilizes neurons but can become tangled in large amounts and is the hallmark of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Studies have shown that cinnamon and B12 have protectant (antioxidant) qualities to help prevent this buildup.
And of course, everyone knows that exercise is good for you physically, but that goes for mentally as well. Increased blood flow to the brain through exercise (the suggested amount is 150 minutes per week or 22 minutes a day) has been linked to “better cognitive performance in patients with probable AD,” according to a 2012 study from the National Institutes of Health. So just do it!
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