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How can we prevent dementia?

In the recent local news, dementia has been on the limelight. At the same time, my dad also brought up this topic of dementia at our usual weekly family dinner together. Many may think that dementia is an aging disease that strikes only the elderly. However, are you aware that the age at which dementia hits is getting earlier? It's now affecting people as early as in their 40s!

So how can we prevent dementia?

First of all, we need to first get an understanding of what happens when a person gets dementia. Dementia is usually characterized by several possible symptoms (but not exhaustive):

  • Recent memory loss - i.e. asking the same question repeatedly.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks - i.e. making a drink or cooking
  • Disorientation - losing their way in a familiar area/street.
  • Misplacing things - unable to recall where they left daily familiar items, i.e. keys and wallet etc.
  • Mood and personality changes - suddenly becoming depressed, or irritable, suspicious or fearful.

When this happens, often it is a result of the neurons in our brain dying away. Every one is born to this earth with the same number of neurons in our brain. Hence, when neurons perish, there is no way to revive them. So how can we keep our neurons healthy and prevent them from dying?

More about Nerve Growth Factor and its role in keeping our neurons healthy

In fact, there is ongoing research on using NGF in treatment of Alzheimer disease. Nevertheless, since our own body can produce NGF, why do we want to wait until its too late to seek treatment? Prevention is definitely better than cure. We can use wholesome foods to boost levels of NGF in our brain.

What are some of these wholesome Foods?

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Ji-Lin Ginseng

Ashitaba

E-Memories is a collection of all these super brain foods in a convenient form. If you noticed, there are no chemical preservatives on the ingredient list! This is not because they have been left out, but that they have been prepared according to the principles of nutritional immunology. At the same time, they have been extensively tested to ensure food safety as well.

References:

  1. Rise of patients in 40s suffering from dementia: Researchers warn of 'silent epidemic' of early onset of the disease.
  2. Dementia: Symptoms, stages, and types, from Medical News Today
  3. Amyloid-related proteins and nerve growth factor in Alzheimer's disease and animal models, from John Hopkins University
  4. Nerve growth factor in treatment and pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, from Science Direct

About the Author

Janice Yap

Having 4 years of experience with nutritional immunology and moving fast towards a more plant-based lifestyle, I would love to help you out if you're looking to improve your health or wellness or that of a loved one...

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