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Prevent Alzheimer’s with Changes Now

The Bredesen Protocol targets the full spectrum of diet and lifestyle that the body needs for optimal health. It is a good idea for people to follow this protocol to prevent, treat and reverse Alzheimer's disease. It will undoubtedly help to optimize other areas of health and wellness, as well.

Eat a low-glycemic diet. A diet with little or no added sugar or white carbohydrates, and low in grains to help minimize inflammation and minimize insulin resistance; both are linked to decreased incidence of Alzheimer's disease.

Fast 12 hours each night. Take a 12-hour overnight fast, including the three hours before bedtime, to induce ketogenesis, reduce insulin levels and reduce amyloid beta (Ab), amino acids that are linked to Alzheimer's disease as the main component of the amyloid plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer patients.

Sleep eight hours each night. Treat sleep apnea and supplement with melatonin if needed. Melatonin may have a protective effect against neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's; evidence suggests that taking melatonin 2.5 milligrams (mg) to three mg before bedtime reduces the confusion and restlessness experienced by some dementia patients in the evening.

Reduce stress. Strategies vary by individual, and may include yoga, meditation, music and taking regular walks, with the goal of reducing cortisol levels and corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), both risk factors linked to Alzheimer's.

Exercise at least 30 to 60 minutes per day, four to six days a week. Physical activity reduces brain atrophy in elderly people at risk for Alzheimer's disease in the region of the brain thought to be the center for memory and emotion.

Vitamin B12 levels greater than 500 nd/l. Low levels of vitamin B12 are a risk factor for cognitive decline. Serum B12 levels can be measured via standard lab tests; supplement with vitamin B12 as needed.

Supplement with curcumin. The active component of turmeric, curcumin has a natural anti-inflammatory effect, and is linked to a reduction of amyloid beta (Ab) peptides. The dosage typically recommend for clients is 400 to 500 mg curcumin, two to three times daily.

Supplement with vitamin D3 when necessary. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Vitamin D can be measured by testing blood levels of 25-hydroxy vitamin D, and supplement with vitamin D as needed.

Add citicoline and DHA. Both provide structural components needed to promote the synthesis of new brain synapses. Supplementing with 1,000 to 2,000 mg citicoline daily seems to improve verbal memory in people 50 to 85 years old. Research suggests that higher dietary intake of DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid plentiful in fish like salmon and sardines) is associated with a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Add probiotics. Boost immune system and help to reduce inflammation with probiotic-rich foods like plain Greek yogurt, kombucha, kefir and fermented foods such as miso and sauerkraut.

Optimize antioxidants. A regimen consisting of an antioxidant-rich diet plus supplements may help improve cognitive functioning and appears to be part of a safe, natural treatment for Alzheimer's.

For more information, visit DrBredesen.com.

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