Alzheimer's and nutrient deficiencies

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Alzheimer's and nutrient deficiencies

With aging, DHA levels in the brain begin to decline, as to arachidonic acid levels. People with Alzheimer's disease have very low levels of both fatty acids, and they have an abundance of oxidative products of DHA, called neuroprostanes. This indicates that extensive lipid peroxidation is occurring in the Alzheimer's diseased brain, which again indicates chronic inflammation of the brain. This is something controlled by flavonoids, vitamin E and N-3 oils.

Likewise, a high intake of alpha-linoleic acid, an N-6 fatty acid, has been shown to increase cognitive decline in the elderly when compared to control patients, in one study. Patients on higher N-3 fatty acid diets showed reduced cognitive decline.

...In addition, by thinning the blood of slightly and improving endothelial cell function (cells lining the blood vessels), N-3 oils improve blood flow through the brain. Impaired blood flow is common in all types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that can save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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