The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has received a lot of press recently, after a Florida doctor claimed that she reversed her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease using four teaspoons of coconut oil daily.

Dr Mary Newport gave her husband Steve four teaspoons of coconut oil each day, and saw dramatic improvements in his Alzheimer’s symptoms in just two weeks. [...]

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More evidence points toward the importance of vitamin B12 to protect against Alzheimer’s disease

In November  I mentioned a study which found that supplemental B vitamins which lowered homocysteine levels in the body might be useful to help elderly individuals with mild cognitive [mental function] impairment.  A recent study (1) has found that Vitamin B12 may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.  The results of the research suggests that elderly individuals [...]

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Brain function may be protected by walking

A study (1) has found that walking at least six miles (cumulatively) a week may help protect elderly individuals from age-related ‘brain shrinkage’ (loss of brain grey matter).  In May last year I wrote about a study which found that walking might help protect women against strokes and I have previously written about the importance [...]

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DHA supplementation may protect the ageing brain

 Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a long chain omega 3 fatty acid naturally found in oily fish such as mackerel, trout, sardines and salmon.  The brain contains a high proportion of DHA and, as you will see from my past blog posts, omega 3 fats have been linked to brain benefits including protection from depression and [...]

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Research study examines ways to prevent dementia

Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease  and depression are all topics that I have written about frequently.  I am highly interested in the ways that nutrition and lifestyle can impact the risk of developing such conditions and how, potentially, diet and lifestyle may be used in prevention strategies.  In particular I have concentrated on Omega 3 fats and depression [...]

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Blood levels of vitamin E seem to be linked to risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

A study (1) in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has found that high blood levels of various forms of vitamin E are associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease in later life (in those aged 80 or over).

Vitamin E is actually a group of eight compounds called tocopherols and tocotrienols.  What most [...]

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Exercise and a healthy Mediterranean-style diet may protect against Alzheimer’s disease

Previously I have written about the health benefits of following a Mediterranean diet and I was very interested to read a study (1) that has just been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found that eating a Mediterranean-style diet is associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease.  The study also [...]

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