Thursday, October 30, 2008

Alzheimer's Linked to Diet -- Report

In a previous post, we pointed out that monks on Mount Athos, who eat something similar to the Spartan Diet, never get Alzheimer's, which suggests that Alzheimer's is made far worse by diet.

New research at Canada's University of Laval has found that mice fed a diet rich in animal fat and poor in omega-3 showed amyloid-beta and tau protein concentrations 8.7 and 1.5 times higher than the control group mice, respectively. These proteins are associated with Alzheimer's. They also found that high-fat diets reduced the levels of drebrin protein in the brain, which is another sign of Alzheimer's.

One co-author of the study told a reporter that "metabolic changes induced by such a diet could affect the inflammatory response in the brain."

It's likely that as more research emerges on the causes of Alzheimer's, it will increasingly be understood to be a lifestyle disease like most diabetes and cancers, totally preventable by simply eating a healthy diet.

The Spartan Diet calls for the elimination of all domesticated animal meat, which is the very food that researchers have associated with Alzheimer's, and emphasizes food high in omega-3 fatty acids (such as wild fish and flax seeds), which researchers associated with preventing Alzheimer's.