Casey Kristin Frye
Dec 28, 2011

Special diet decreases effects of Alzheimer's disease

According to a study published in the online journal of the American Academy of Neurology, patients with a special diet are less likely to suffer the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Patients on the diet, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins (C,D, and E), and the b vitamins, scored higher in thinking and memory tests than those who were not. Another finding showed patients who were on diets high in trans fat scored lower in thinking and memory tests compared to those who had diets low in trans fat. Nutrient levels were tracked using blood tests; nutrient biomarkers in the blood accounted for a significant amount of variation in the blood/brain volume and the thinking/memory tests. The study consisted of 104 participants with an average age of 87.

SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology Press Release