I am always on the alert for any positive reporting on non pharmaceutical ways to help fight off dementia. In my earlier blogs under the Memory Lane category, I have tried to keep track of the major drug trials or scientific studies on Alzheimer’s. Sometimes it is the more off beat, smaller studies that point to a more natural way to help aging brains keep out the gunk that robs memory and personality. These studies deserve attention even if they only involve mice. After the billion dollars of research on producing drugs for Alzheimer’s’ patients, there is still no real big Pharma answer.
Those of us that are following the Mediterranean way of eating, do so because it tastes better, and it gives you more energy. Multiple studies have shown the fruit, vegetables, legumes, almost no meat and a little fish is a healthy way to eat. A recent study at Temple University in Philadelphia, reported in Alzheimer’s News Today,, relates the benefits of extra virgin olive oil (a substantial part of the Mediterranean diet) on the brain function in mice.
What you want is something to make autopaghy happen. “Autopaghy is the process by which cells break down and clear out waste and toxins such as amyloid plaques and tau tangles. The increase in this process led to reduced levels of amyloid plaques and phosphorylated tau, researchers stated… Thanks to the autophagy activation, memory and synaptic integrity were preserved, and the pathological effects in animals otherwise destined to develop Alzheimer’s disease were significantly reduced. This is a very important discovery, since we suspect that a reduction in autophagy marks the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease.”
Adding extra virgin olive oil to the diet of the lab mice proved to help cognitive decline. So paying a little more for the extra virgin olive oil, and using it regularly in your diet could have a positive benefit for you. I know people are weary of the maybe this and that, but again while we wait for the cure pill or vaccine, is this such a crazy idea?
Positive studies like this one helps wash away the bad news of too many drugs being used on people with full blown dementia. There is a drug for a rare neurological disorder that is being given to disruptive dementia patients to quiet them down, even though the drug causes dizziness and increased falls. So once again my plea is to think for yourself. Adding extra olive oil to your diet seems less like experimentation and more like hopeful liberation. What if the cure for the only major disease without a cure, can be approached in such a mundane way. An everyday grassroots approach to our own health may be our best bet.