Have someone around you who is suffering from Alzheimer’s? Make them find Solace in Seafood
If findings from a recent study are to be believed, it can be firmly said that seafood is likely to help in reduction of Alzheimer’s. Read on to learn more about how seafood can help Alzheimer’s patients.
1 Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that though begins at a slow pace but then worsens quickly. Short term memory loss is one of the sign of this disease. Body functions too start to deteriorate in many cases and it usually leads to death of the patient.
Genetic disorder is thought to be the primary cause of Alzheimer’s and multiple genes might be involved in making the scenario difficult for the concerned patient. The diagnosis of this disease is also not an easy task and it is primarily diagnosed based on medical history of the person and his or her behavioural observations.
It is an interesting observation though that people who engage in intellectual activities as reading and solving crossword puzzles are less likely to suffer from this diseased condition. Diet also plays a curative role in prevention of this disease. A healthy diet can also prevent occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease.
2 Medication for Alzheimer’s
Cardiovascular conditions including hypertension, diabetes and smoking have been found to have some sort of relation with Alzheimer’s disease. Cholesterol lowering drugs particularly statin has also been found to be of little use when it comes to curing this diseased condition.
Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs have been found to offer cure to people suffering from Alzheimer.
3 Seafood as a cure
Owing to the health benefits, increasing number of people are opting for seafood despite the fact that seafood also contains mercury. Mercury is harmful otherwise for human consumption as it contains substantial level of neurotoxins.
In a study of unique nature, the benefits of seafood were weighed against the harmful effects of mercury. This study was conducted among a group of 286 people, most of whom were elderly. The respondents in the research kept food diaries and also agreed that their brains could be used for research after their death. Diet rich in fish particularly Mediterranean diet has been found to decrease the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.
4 Public participation in the study
Dr. Martha Clare Morris from Rush University Medical Centre, the person responsible for this study pointed that all respondents in this study got evaluated on annual basis. This was done so that these people could be diagnosed for development of dementia and other such neurological conditions.
5 Study Findings
The findings of this study too were interesting as it pointed that people eating seafood once a week had more mercury in their brain. However, the rate of alzheimer’s was on the lower side in such people. It also emerged from the research that brain levels of Mercury did not increase due to increase in level of seafood consumption. It was found that Mercury did not have significant effect on brain health.
Alzheimer’s genetic risk was evident in 30 percent of the population but seafood did help in brain protection in people who did not have that particular gene. The researchers also came to the conclusion that if a person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease takes moderate amount of seafood, they stand a better chance of protection from this disease in comparison to people who refrain from having fish in their diet.
Incidentally, the research also covered people from Rush’s Memory and Aging Program who died from 2004 to 2013. The average age of death of such people was around 90.
Various kinds of seafoods were covered in this research. The same was published in Journal of American Medical Association. It was also found that fatty fish like salmon were of much use in protection of this condition.