Alzheimer’s and Silent Inflammation

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Alzheimer’s and Silent Inflammation

Alzheimer’s disease represents the greatest fear of aging – your brain giving out before your body does.

An estimated 1-5% of Americans will develop Alzheimer’s disease by age 65, and by age 85 a whopping 50% will have it.

Furthermore, it’s estimated by the year 2040 the US will have 10 times more beds in nursing homes than in hospitals.

Unfortunately, there are currently no drugs to reverse Alzheimer’s.

Even the drugs said to slow its progression aren’t very effective when tested in studies not funded by drug companies.

The only shot we have against Alzheimer’s is our knowledge that it’s an inflammatory condition.

Alzheimer’s disease is thought to result from the development of amyloid plaques in your brain, similar in many ways to the plaques clogging artery walls and eventually leading to heart attacks.

In fact, people with a genetic predisposition to heart attacks also have a far higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

So, using one anti-inflammatory strategy to prevent both heart disease and Alzheimer’s makes sense.

Since reducing inflammation is good for your heart, then reducing inflammation should also be good for your brain.

Evidence suggests this is true.

Studies have shown those who use anti-inflammatory drugs on a regular basis have a much lower incidence of Alzheimer’s than the general population.

Of course, we don’t recommend using NSAIDs on a long-term basis because of their side effects, but are there dietary ways to reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s?

Let’s look at the science.

Population studies have shown people over 85 who eat the highest amount of fish have a 40% lesser risk of developing Alzheimer’s than non-fish eaters.

Autopsies of people who died from Alzheimer’s reveal their brains contained 30% less DHA than the brains of people who died of other causes.

What’s more, supplementing with DHA seems to improve the cognitive function of people with Alzheimer’s.

Supplementation of DHA also helped reduce the rapid development of brain lesions in a mouse genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer’s.

More ominous is those people who consume the most pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids (the kind found in vegetables oils) have a 250% increase in the development of Alzheimer’s.

A study at the University of Guelph in Canada found the silent inflammation profile in people with Alzheimer’s was nearly twice as high as healthy age-matched normal controls.

So the silent inflammation profile can be used to predict your risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the future, and the sooner you know it, the better.

In fact, recently published studies found middle-aged men who have a high C-reactive protein level (a crude marker of inflammation) are at a 300% increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s 25 years later.

How much EPA and DHA do you need to take to reverse the inflammation underlying Alzheimer’s?

If you’re healthy, just take enough (about 2.5 grams a day) to get your silent inflammation profile into the optimal range of 1.5-3.

If you already have Alzheimer’s, you’re going to need a lot more fish oil to reverse the inflammatory effects.

Studies in more than 300 people show a daily dose of 20 grams per day (about 3 tablespoons of ultra-refined fish oil concentrate) is necessary.

Another key factor for treating (and preventing) Alzheimer’s is insulin control.

It’s been shown neurons with insulin resistance cause amyloid plaque production.

High-dose fish oil and insulin control are the 2 main ways to reduce inflammation.

Keeping yourself in the Anti-Inflammation Zone for a lifetime will be your best defense against this disease.

To get there you have to take high-dose fish oil and control insulin to keep silent inflammation from increasing.

This will be your best medicine, if not your only hope.

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(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)

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