Several studies suggest that ‘oxidative stress’ may play a role in the changes in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s disease. Levels of oxidative stress can be reduced through daily intake of exogenous antioxidants.

Oxidative stress can cause an ‘attack’ on brain cells by chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals cause oxidative damage that is present in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease show lesions that are typically associated with free radical exposure.

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown. However, nutritional deficiencies could be a major contributor. People with Alzheimer’s tend to have low levels of vitamin B12, vitamin B3, and zinc in their bodies. Vitamins b are important for proper cognitive functioning. Low levels of B6, B12, and folic acid coupled with high homocystein levels predict cognitive decline and aging. Low levels of vitamins A and E are also present in Alzheimer’s patients.

CBD oil to treat Alzheimer’s

Recent studies indicate CBD (cannabidiol) treatments can help alleviate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Used under the direction of a doctor familiar with medicinal cannabis treatments, CBD can:

  • help lower the amount of neurotoxins present in the brain
  • help protect the brain against oxidative stress
    • CBD’s antioxidant properties
  • reduce inflammation
  • improve function of mitochondria

Does cannabis help with Alzheimer’s?

Indica strains of cannabis have been used to bring calm to individuals with Alzheimer’s and help mediate symptoms of illness.

Antioxidant treatments for Alzheimer’s

Consuming a healthy diet rich in fish oil can lower the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, possibly by decreasing inflammation. Fish oil can be obtained from eating fish or by taking supplements.The healthy fats in olive oil may also improve the function and health of the brain. Antioxidants have the ability to bind and inactivate free radicals and thus may offer neuroprotection.

Foods such as blueberries and spinach are rich in antioxidant nutrients that can fight free radical damage in the brain; they also contain a range of vitamins and minerals that may also fight inflammation. Kale, strawberries, and raspberries are good sources of antioxidants.

If a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a trial of intense nutritional therapy might provide relief to both the patient and caregivers.

Nutrients to prevent Alzheimer’s

Antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta carotene are among the body’s natural defense mechanisms against the free radicals as the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Important sources of vitamin E are grains, nuts, milk, and egg yolk.

Antioxidant studies for Alzheimer’s

Foods rich in antioxidants may reduce risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation recommends taking vitamin and mineral supplements daily, particularly suggesting Vitamin C and E as well as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Make sure to include at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables in your everyday routine.

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