Alzheimer's disease

  1. Stop dementia before it starts

    B12 drops Alzheimer's risk

    Save your brain: Grill a steak.

    Yet another study has found that vitamin B12 can lower your Alzheimer's risk -- and since you can't get this key nutrient from bunny chow, find yourself a good butcher now.

    He can do more for your health than most doctors ever will!

    Swedish researchers tracked 271 Finnish patients between the ages of 65 and 71 who didn't have any sign of Alzheimer's disease at the start of the study.

    Over seven years, 17 of them came down with the condition -- and the researchers found that those with the lowest levels of B12 had the highest risk.

    Each increase in blood B12 levels by a single tiny unit -- called a "picomole" -- led to a 2 percent dip in Alzheimer's risk, according to the study in Neurology. What's more, the researchers found that every micromolar rise in the inflammation marker homocysteine upped Alzheimer's risk by 16 percent.

    Since B12 is known to lower those homocysteine levels, you'd have to be a card-carrying PETA activist not to see the answer here: Steak, steak and more steak, because it's loaded with the stuff.

    Just make sure you serve them so rare you can practically hear the moo, because well-done steaks can actually boost those homocysteine levels.

    This isn't the first study to find that B vitamins can beat Alzheimer's -- I've been recommending B6, B12, and folic acid as the ultimate dementia defeaters for years now.

    Recent studies back me up on that -- researchers have even found that those three Bs can actually stop your brain from shrinking, a key risk factor for dementia.

    Since B vitamins can also boost your mood, fight depression, improve your memory, and help keep your heart strong, there's no reason not to make every night steak night.

  2. Booze for the brain

    My favorite "B" vitamin is back in the headlines as a new study confirms that "vitamin booze" is just about the best preservative for brain cells around.

    Was there really any doubt?

    Researchers looked at data on some 365,000 patients who took part in 143 studies published since 1977 and found that a moderate drinking habit can slash the risk of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and other forms of cognitive impairment by 23 percent.

    There's not a drug in the world that can make that claim -- so you'd think that right about now researchers would finally come to their senses and recommend that nondrinkers start drinking.

    "We don't recommend that nondrinkers start drinking," Edward J. Neafsey, one of the authors of the new study, said in a news release.

    What are these people so afraid of? Drinking is one of the greatest inventions in the history of civilization.

    In fact, the need to harvest grains to make booze appears to be have been the very reason for the creation of civilization -- yet today's namby-pamby docs just refuse to tell people it's OK to go ahead and have a drink or two a day.

    Lighten up already!

    Ignore them and listen to me instead. In addition to the numerous brain benefits, vitamin booze has been shown to protect the heart, lower stress, and help you live longer, too.

    Drinkers are even smarter, which should tell you everything you need to know about the teetotalers.

    If you really want to supercharge your gray matter, don't forget the rest of the B vitamins: B6, B12, and folic acid have been shown to slow the brain shrinkage associated with cognitive impairment.

    I recommend washing them down with an ice, cold beer.

  3. Your tainted tap

    If the fastest way to rot a kid's mind is with TV and junk food, the slow method involves plain old water. Thank your government for that.
  4. Coffee's 'mystery' substance

    And now, researchers claim plain old coffee contains something even healthier than caffeine and antioxidants... even if they can't figure out what it is.
  5. The beginning of the end for fluoridation

    For the first time in 50 years, the feds are calling for lower levels of this toxic waste in the water supply, and plenty of people are acting as if this is some big victory.
  6. Stop dementia before it starts

    Yet another new study finds that vitamin B12 can lower your Alzheimer's risk...
  7. Irregular heartbeat linked to dementia

    Alzheimer's researchers are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to find the cause for Alzheimer's disease.
  8. Study links Alzheimer's to junk food

    Swedish researchers found that mice fed junk food over the course of nine months showed signs of "brain tangles" similar to that of human Alzheimer's patients.
  9. Slow brain leads to slow muscles for those over 40

    New research indicates that brain decline has a direct effect on how quickly you can perform even the most basic physical acts.
  10. Heart protection

    Nitrite- and nitrate-rich foods can actually have a beneficial effect on your heart.

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