Alzheimer's:a disease to be fought even at the table

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Alzheimer: una malattia da combattere anche a tavola
In recent years, some in-depth studies are demonstrating the close link between nutrition and Alzheimer's, a degenerative disease not so rare that affects both men and women at a mature age generally over 60 years, with an increasing incidence that begins to seriously worry. An incorrect diet begins to damage brain cells 20 years before the onset of the disease itself. We must therefore run for cover trying to safeguard our old age starting from the table and the foods we eat daily.e.

Beware of AGEs

AGEs acronym for Advanced Glycation End-products are agglomerates of sugars created inside our body deriving from many proteins, animal fats and foods in general fried or cooked at very high temperatures. These deposits attack the arteries, cause insulin resistance then cause diabetes and other degenerative problems, the worst being Alzheimer's. Cognitive functions must therefore be safeguarded by avoiding or, in any case, reducing the introduction of certain types of food that are harmful to brain health. Otherwise, the risk of getting Alzheimer's will skyrocket, bringing with it other alterations such as cardiovascular damage, oxidative stress and inflammation.mazioni.

Unable to diagnose the disease early

To date, unfortunately, there is no certain method that identifies the onset of the disease at an early level, but in recent years a timely search for biomarkers useful for identifying the disease even before its onset in the individual has been initiated. There is a network in Europe that supports various groups of researchers: two staff are Italian, others French and German. They are analyzing the very AGEs mentioned above because they consider them to be good biomarkers for Alzheimer's. The main purpose of this large research group is to find a safe way to trace the disease early, also studying ad hoc preventive therapy.va.

Metabolism of copper to prevent disease

Recent studies at the University of Toulouse have shown that one of the most classic manifestations of Alzheimer's, namely amyloid plaques, are formed based on the alterations in copper absorption within the body. A diet rich in vitamins E and B12 can be taken to stimulate the metabolism of this mineral.B12.

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Foods containing vitamin E and B12

Vitamin E plays an important fight against oxidative stress and can be found with greater concentration in vegetable oils such as wheat germ, almond, sunflower, olive, safflower, soy, cotton, flax and corn; but also in spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, chickpeas and asparagus. Vitamin B12 is essential for survival and is also called the energy vitamin. In fact, thanks to its energizing power it keeps us active and vital, helps to assimilate the iron contained in food and regulates the nervous system. We find it above all in products of animal origin such as red and white meats, fish, molluscs and cheeses.ggi.

Let's talk about the AGEs…

When sugars are combined with proteins or fats, we therefore speak of advanced glycation, some compounds that are harmful to health are formed. This is what AGEs are, which have been attracting the attention of doctors and researchers for some time. We can find them on toast, on grilled foods, on french fries. They give foods a particular flavor and some industries add them artificially for this very reason. Today's diet includes too many of these chemical compounds, which hinder the well-being of the brain and increase inflammation in the body. The term glycation means a reaction, typical of the human body, between sugars and proteins, or lipids. As long as glycation occurs in a natural and controlled way, it allows the molecule that undergoes it to perform its predetermined function. Unfortunately, in some cases, the body loses control and glycation can occur randomly, without rules. Sometimes, therefore, glucose reacts with other molecules creating inactive elements the AGEs, precisely that, in high quantities, they are toxic and deleterious, they are absorbed into the tissues and cause complications in diseases already present, as well as cause others to arise. especially diabetes and degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's.l’Alzheimer).

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