Source:The All New KERYGMA. September, 2004. page 7.
With the recent death of former US President Ronald Reagan, Alzheimer's disease has again come to the fore. In spite of research, there has still been no known cure or proven way to prevent the disease.
However, studies suggest that increased intake of vitamin E reduces a person's risk of developing the illness. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which may help protect nerve cells from damage or may improve the function of nerve cells. Although Vitamin E does not delay memory loss, it has been found to prolong a person's capacity to do everyday activities.
Limited evidence has also been found that staying mentally active may put older adults at less risk. Reading regularly, playing cards and games, doing crosswords, watching TV, etc. can help in avoiding symptoms of Alzheimer's.
Other substances that may prevent the disease include:
* Increased intake of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 for people with elevated homocysteine levels.
* Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as indomethacin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium or aspirin.
* Statins used to lower cholesterol.
CAUTION: Please consult your doctor before taking medicines, vitamins or food supplements.
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