It seems many people are interested in what they can do to help prevent dementia and keep thier brain healthy.  I have recently done a few talks on Alzheimers prevention and have found that there are many things we can all do to increase our chances of keeping out minds healthy!!

Today, I would like to talk specifically about Aluminum.

Aluminum toxicity appears to play a large role in the etiopathology of AD. Aluminum interferers with the transmission of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter involved in memory.  It seems that aluminum is FOUR TIMES higher in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s compared to people that do not have the disease. Addionally, aluminum appears to increase OXIDATIVE STRESS in the brain.  Oxidative stress appears to be likind with the changes that take place in the brain when one has alzheimers disease (for those of you who are more technical- it is linked with the development of neurofibrillary tangles)   With this being said, there is no conclusive evidence linking AD with aluminum toxicity however I would highly suggest avoiding sources of aluminum as it does seem to play a role in the development of the disease.

Sources of Aluminum:

Store bought pickles (contain a preservative containing aluminum)

Some cosmetics- check the list of ingredients to ensure there is NOTHING that says aluminum!

Deodorants- Use deodorants that DO NOT have aluminum. Most drug stores now carry a few brands that are aluminum free.  Image

Aluminum Foil- Do not use the foil to bake or store your food. Use pots and pans (also make sure they are not aluminum) and store your left overs in glass containers.


There are many other things you can do to keep your brain healthy- stay tuned for futre blog posts!!

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