Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is classified as the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities that interfere with daily tasks and affect one’s routine, lifestyle and even relationships. Accounting for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases, this has become an epidemia that have great impact among mostly senior citizens, aged 60 and above.
Being the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed down, it is really vital for some scientific studies to verify and prove possible procedures that can aid in the treatment of the said disease.
Good News: Nutrient-Rich Green Veggie Can Combat Dementia.
A new hope sprouted among medical practitioners and health experts as well as the patients and their loved ones alike when the findings of a recent research include Brussels sprouts being able to hold the key in creating a drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease. This ‘festive food’ contain a nutrient which helps fight neurological disorders including dementia.
Once ingested, vitamin A is then converted into a supercharged retinoic acid which interacts with receptors and plays a vital role in the central nervous system. This vitamin is important for proper eye, brain function, and embryo development.
Professor Peter McCaffery, from Aberdeen University, led the research team to possibly create a treatment pill for Alzheimer’s disease. “We are trying to create a massively amplified version of what vitamin A already does for the body,” he explained. “And by exploiting the natural consequences of retinoic acid by creating a synthetic alternative, we hope to be able to create a new therapeutic treatment which could be used to help people with Alzheimer’s disease.”
Their research findings also stated that “Brussels sprouts hold the key to an Alzheimer’s pill. The nutrient-rich vegetable source helps combat dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.” So basically, when we eat Brussels sprouts, it increases the amount of this acid in the brain that aids in the prevention of specific brain disorders.
While other scientists are also working on drugs that target different receptors in the brain, Prof. McCaffery’s team is set to perform other relative tests with Durham University over the next two years.
Every research team, which aims to treat this neurological disorder or at least slow down the symptoms, categorically hopes that high doses of scientifically proven ‘superfoods’ could stimulate brain cell growth and repair damage from the diseases.
Essential Nutrients in Brussels Sprouts
Low in calories but very high in nutrients, these green leafy sprouts are also good sources of protein, vitamins C, K, A, and B-6, potassium, folate, and manganese that will keep you going every day.
Decreasing the risks of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight, Brussels sprouts have continuously proven its effectiveness and potency in preventing other diseases, including the most recent, for dementia.
We all know that eating our leafy greens can do wonders in our overall health and wellness. Having this said, we hope that your holiday dinner plates have served Brussels sprouts and you’ve consumed these edible and nutritious buds just as much as you want and most importantly, need.
Facts and Statistics about Alzheimer’s Disease
The infographic clearly shows the major things you need to know about the effects of the epidemia. Imagine someone’s getting the disease for just 66 seconds – that could really be very alarming.
Since its prevalence has been rapidly increasing every year, the government and other private institutions are working hand-in-hand to initiate campaign for its prevention, rigid research for possible treatments, and implementation of awareness programs.
And according to Alzheimer’s Association, it is anticipated that the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple in 2050, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease. Hence, previous estimates based on high range forecasts of population growth provided by the U.S. Census suggests that this number can even be as high as 16 million if not acted upon.
With the figures presented, it is indeed high time that we all work our way to help promote the advocacies of various organizations in relation to Alzheimer’s epidemia. Let’s all take action now.