Monday, April 5, 2010

Protect Yourself Against Alzheimer's Dementia

Researchers estimate that over 40 to 50% of the individuals who reach the age of 80 will have some degree of Alzheimer's dementia. This is the major cause for admission to nursing homes. And by the time a doctor can diagnose this disease, about 80% of the brain cells are already affected.

So, if you are in your 20's, 30's or 40's right now, why should this be a concern?

Because your brain is part of the daily aging process for every age, it is greatly affected by your diet, nutritional support, exercise, environmental influences and stress. In fact, oxidative stress and free radical damage are the cause of Alzheimer's dementia.

About 2 million Americans and 500,000 Canadians are now living with dementia, a progressive disease that first attacks memory and then harms other brain functions. The disease eventually robs its victims of their personality and independence.

A new study by the Alzheimer Society of Canada says the country urgently needs a strategy to minimize the impact of the baby boomer's march toward dementia. Its prevalance will create a tenfold increase in the demand for long term care beds and cost the Canadian economy a staggering $97 billion annually. Imagine the cost to the American economy!

What can we all do to fight the oxidative stress that can lead to dementia?

According to Dr. Ray Strand, MD, author of six books on nutritional science and medicine, there is strong evidence in the medical literature that demonstrates that we are able to slow down the process with the use of antioxidants.

On his website, Dr. Strand recommends optimal vitamins and minerals, plus extra calcium magnesium tablets with vitamin D, Grape Seed Extract, CoQ10, Ginko Biloba, Flax Seed Oil and Fish Oil Capsules.

My husband and I take all of those nutrients with the Usana Health Sciences supplement program. They are all pharmaceutical grade, with 100% guaranteed potency, so important when choosing a supplement.

Whatever your age, start now to feed your brain optimal nutrition. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Keep your brain active and give it proper sleep as well.

Deanna Waters 1-888-320-8250

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