dementia/Alzheimer's type (SDAT)
Alzheimer’s Disease –
Edward F. Group III, D.C., Ph.D,
Lifestyle changes for AD patients begin
with diet and exercise. Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the
health of the AD patient. The diet should include lots of lean protein
to help build and replace muscle tissue, plenty of complex
carbohydrates, which is essentially sugar for sustaining the muscles and
nerves, and adequate amount of fat to provide the body with a store of
energy to draw upon once the carbohydrates have done their job. In
addition, the body must also obtain the minerals and
vitamins necessary for
brain, muscle and bone development, and lots of water to help replace
electrolytes loss due to sweating.
A proper nutritional program should
include good sources of protein such as organic poultry, beef, pork,
fish, eggs, cheese, legumes, nuts, and corn, a rich source of complex
carbohydrates such as organic vegetables, grains, and fruit, and fat,
some of which are more helpful than others but necessary for overall
health. Healthy oils should include organic coconut oil, and olive or
Remember that many foods, especially baked
goods, contain aluminum. Train yourself to read labels carefully.
Choose nonaluminum baking powder, avoid pickling salts and self-rising
flour. Do not use aluminum pots and pans or beverages that are packaged
in aluminum cans. Do not use aluminum foil.
In addition the nutritional program should
also include the following
vitamins and minerals. Some of these may have been covered in the
previous section. Their importance in the over scheme of things is why
they are repeated here. The only difference between how they were listed
before and how they are listed now is that in the list below only the
foods that contain the ingredients are listed.
Vitamins (buy organic fruits and vegetables and organic, free-range
Fresh apricots, broccoli, watermelon, dark
green leafy vegetables, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, apricots, carrots,
pumpkins, kale, and cheese
Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
Bake potatoes, pork, liver, garbanzo beans, oysters,
bran, wheat germ, whole grains,
raisins, enriched bread, pasta, and oranges
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Bananas, Liver, pork, poultry, dairy
products, eggs, wheat germ, tuna, whole grains, cereal, almonds,
legumes, and dark green leafy vegetables
Vitamin B3 (niacin)
Beef liver, poultry, fish, tuna, turkey,
potatoes, dried beans/peas, nuts, whole grains, swordfish, fortified
cereals, and enriched wheat products
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
Avocados, bananas, poultry, liver,
chicken, egg yolks, nuts, lobster, whole grains, soybeans, oranges, blue
cheese, and dark green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Liver, beef, chicken, tuna, avocado,
cantaloupe, bananas, whole grains, hazelnuts, lentils, potatoes, shrimp,
soybean, and dark green leafy vegetables
Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
Bananas, calf liver, citrus fruits, beets,
avocados, broccoli, carrots, lentils, asparagus, legumes, cantaloupe,
and dark green leafy vegetables
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)
Beef, blue cheese, clams, tuna, salmon,
herring, liver, beef, pork, eggs, snapper, Swiss cheese, milk, mackerel,
Breast milk, cabbage, calf liver, lentils,
oatmeal, peanuts, soybeans, wheat germ, soy lecithin, and cauliflower
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Black currants, fresh fruits, tomatoes,
grapefruit, guava, papayas, kale, mangos, rose hips, oranges, peppers,
tangerines, strawberries, melon, green peppers, broccoli, cabbage,
potatoes, and Brussels sprouts
Vitamin D (chalecalciferol)
Cod-liver oil, egg substitutes, herring,
mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines, milk, and dairy products
Vitamin E (tocopherol)
Almond, canola oil, wheat germ, whole
grains, brazil nuts, broccoli, corn, soybean oil, fortified cereals,
asparagus, liver, walnuts, and raw seeds
Vitamin K (phytonadione)
Dark green leafy vegetables, alfalfa,
cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, kelp, seaweed, cheddar cheese, peas,
liver, cabbage, broccoli, and brussel sprouts
Minerals (buy organic fruits and vegetables and organic, free-range
Dark green leafy vegetables, legumes,
spinach, avocados, shellfish, oats, oysters, soybeans, liver, prunes,
shrimp, and raisins
Lobster, kelp, all seafood, iodized salt,
saltwater fish, milk, and shrimp
Red meats, fish, lentils, dried fruits,
dark green leafy vegetables, seaweed, eggs, oatmeal, molasses, nuts,
garbanzo beans, and liver.
Raw green leafy vegetables, almonds,
cashews, soybeans, whole grains, avocados, bluefish, dairy products,
molasses, herring, halibut, and cod
Green leafy vegetables, eggs, whole
grains, carrots, seaweed, hazelnuts, pecans, tea, chestnuts, beans, and
Poultry, fish, eggs, whole grains,
almonds, pumpkin seeds, red meats, scallops, soybeans, sardines,
sunflower seeds, cheddar cheese, and peas
Green leafy vegetables, citrus fruit,
bananas, whole grains, peas, pumpkin seeds, avocados, raisins, molasses,
sardines, cantaloupe, and carrots
Liver, dairy products, fish and shell
fish, whole grains, onions, kidney, mushrooms, garlic, chicken, cabbage,
broccoli, bran, tuna, and oatmeal
Whole grains, wheat bran, wheat germ,
liver, eggs, lean beef, herring, lamb, molasses, soybeans, turkey, fish,
sesame seeds, and maple syrup
Alzheimer's disease is associated with a
progressive impairment of central nervous system function. Recent memory
is poor, the special senses deteriorate, reflexes are slow, and
coordination is impaired. There are sometimes other limitations which
developed simply because of age or attributed to the onset of
Alzheimer's. Some of these limitations include loss of vision and
hearing. Also reflexes and movements slow substantially. The patient
develops poor posture, low mechanical efficiency, is unable to keep a
steady hand, and loses muscle tissue, which when compounded causes
stress, aggressive behavior, and depression in some patients.
The emphasis is now on the care provider
to develop an exercise program specially tailored to the physical,
medical and mental condition of the individual patient.
The ideal program must be one where the AD
patient feels safe, and knows it will be effective and motivating so as
to keep up the regimen. Without such a program the continuing
deterioration of cardiovascular function and muscular strength will
That is why it is critically important for
the patient to maintain reasonable flexibility of major joints.
Some simple cardiovascular exercises can
include the movement of the arms and shoulder. If the patient is in a
wheel chair some simple exercises that mimic both cycling and rowing can
be done or the facility can invest in an arm and wheelchair ergo meters.
Muscle exercise can also be done even if
room is limited by tensing one muscle group against the back of the
chair or bed. Also, weight such as books can be balanced on the ankles.
This can help the leg muscle and can be given to the patient in the form
of a game.
Flexibility can be improved by taking the
joint through its full range of movements, if however the joints have
become painful, the activities can be done is a heated swimming pool or
by using a heated compress support.
Walking is the ideal exercise for
preventing osteoporosis and mood changes. A daily walk will allow you to
get 30 minutes of sunlight on the skin every day. It also a perfect
group exercise, an opportunity for social contact, and a pleasant and
relaxing experience. It strengthens the leg muscles to a degree. But the
main benefits to both the patient and care provider could be
significant. The patient's quality of life can improve in such a way
that the care provider may no longer have to assist the patient even
with a simple task as getting off a toilet seat. Basic regular exercise
can provide such dramatic benefits to patients it should be strongly
recommended to all Alzheimer's patients.
Ginkgo Biloba - 120 mg
2-3 times daily. Improves memory and circulation to the brain.
DHA - Take a fish oil
supplement which contains a daily dosage of 1,000mg of DHA. Supplies
essential fatty acids.
Vitamin B-12 - Take 800
to 1,600 micrograms daily. Use a sublingual form.
Vitamin E - Take 2,000 IU
daily with mixed tocotrienols and tocopherols. Do not take this high a
dosage of you are on blood-thinning medication.
Glyconutrients - Helps
with poor memory and with immune system function.
Nattokinase - Helps to
clean arteries and blood vessels.
Acety-L-carnitine - 1,000
mg 3 times daily. Improves brain cell communication and memory.
For stress and relaxation use the
following: lavender, melissa.
To stimulate the mind: geranium, jasmine,
neroli, bergamot or rose.
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