Monday, August 1

7 Simple Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's


You can do some easy things to lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. See these tips from Medical Correspondent Dr. Manny Alvarez.

Taking steps to prevent dementia now will help cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as you age.

  1. Add cinnamon to your diet – consuming a teaspoon of this spice has been shown to block the production of proteins in the brain that contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s.
  2. Drink apple juice – it boosts the production of a chemical compound in the brain associated with learning, memory, mood and muscle movement.
  3. Drink coffee – it acts as an anti-inflammatory that can block cholesterol buildup in the brain. One large study showed that men and women who drank three to five cups of coffee a day reduced their chances of dementia by 65 percent. (See: Green Tea & Coffee Fight Vascular Dementia)
  4. Socialize more – studies show that a busy social life can improve your cognitive abilities. (See: Dementia Risk Comes from Feeling Alone, Not Being Alone )
  5. Protect your vision – your eyes are a good indicator of how your brain is functioning. Preserving your vision can actually cut your dementia risk by 63%.
  6. Meditate – this will lower your blood pressure and reduce stress, and it increases blood flow to the brain, which is why researchers believe it helps us retain mental acuity as we age.
  7. Eat a Mediterranean diet – a diet rich in leafy greens, fish, fruit, nuts and a little red wine can cut your dementia risk in half because it’s chock full of brain-protecting antioxidants. ( See: Most Mediterranean Diet Studies Show Less Dementia  )
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Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's Senior Managing Editor for Health News.

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  1. Your headline is misleading. The steps outlined are described as "reducing risk" of cognitive decline, but there is no accepted scientific evidence they can "prevent" Alzheimer's or related neurodegenerative conditions. By the way, non-specific recommendations like "drink apple juice", without some guideline on how much or how often are not very helpful either. Even the more specific guideline, consuming a teaspoon of cinnamon, without any guidance on how often (daily, weekly, etc.) is not very useful. I hope you will strive for better accuracy and more usefulness in future articles. Here is a link to more information on the benefits & risks of cinnamon: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/12/30/cinnamon-offers-health-benefits-but-also-carries-serious-risks/

    1. True in one way, Alzheimer's cannot be PREVENTED in the way that a polio shot offers 100% prevention against polio.

      On the other hand, when people live healthier lives, risk is clearly lowered. That means it is definitely PREVENTED in a percentage of the population.

  2. Some of these recommendations probably will reduce your chances of beating Alzheimers by cutting your chances of living long enough to get the disease.

  3. Everything is theory and if it were fact they would have a cure

  4. If a smoker stops smoking, they help prevent lung cancer. Non-smokers still get lung cancer, some smokers still live long, healthy lives. But everyone agrees that not smoking makes a big difference. Similarly, there is clear scientific evidence of many things we can do to prevent Alzheimer's by lowering our risk.

  5. Good points, thanks for sharing. I wonder if eating apples or applesauce would have the same benefits as drinking apple juice. I know that sugar intake is also a concern and apple juice would be more harmful than whole apples or applesauce in terms of sugar. Have you any information on that?

    1. One of the best studies on the effects of sugar regarding dementia are covered in the video and article on this site, "Sugar & Dementia".

      Click this link:


  6. Dementia can't be prevented. Experts acknowledge that the path of dementia cannot be changed. Sad that people push false hope. There are things we can do to have better quality of life. There is a huge difference between quality of life and prevention

    1. The world's best research centers produce hundreds of studies associating specific diets and exercise with lower risk of dementia. True, no one has discovered how to completely prevent it, but lowering risk offers an important level of prevention.

  7. There are recent studies that show a compound in beet root juice can slow the progression of dementia. It’s easy to search for the studies and articles pertaining to them. No mention of that in this article.


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