Feb 14, 2008

Diet and Reducing the Risk of Alzheimers

As I was scanning my email, this article came my way as part of a series of emails I've been receiving from Wholefood Farmacy, as part of their 90 Days to Wellness series, anyone can receive these, but this one looked particularly interesting, so I thought I'd share it with you.

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Americans who ate a Mediterranean diet - lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals, some fish and alcohol, and little dairy and meat - had a reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease as they aged. The findings from this new study are published in the April 2006 issue of Annals of Neurology, a journal published by John Wiley & Sons.

"Higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease," the authors report. For each additional point to Mediterranean diet scores (indicating increased adherence to the diet), Alzheimer's risk dropped by 9 to 10 percent. Compared with the subjects in the least adherent group that adhered to a Mediterranean diet the least, subjects in the middle had 15 to 21 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and those in the highest group had a 39 to 40 percent lower risk, suggesting a significant response effect.

"We conclude that higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduction in risk for Alzheimer's disease," they say. In addition, they say that the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet for non-neurological conditions have been previously shown to be generalized to different populations, and that the current study provided the opportunity to examine the effect of this diet for a neurological disease in a multi-ethnic community in the U.S.

When it comes to getting your 5 servings of fruits and veggies everyday, the Wholefood Farmacy is the easiest way. When healthy foods are delicious and convenient everyone in your home, especially the children, will benefit. Keeping some Wholefood Farmacy foods on hand can help you "bridge the gap" when you just don't have the time. Have you and your children had your 5 servings of fruits and veggies today?


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