In a new study, researchers have found a diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants may prevent or even reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
They found taking a combination of antioxidants at increasing doses was more beneficial at preventing the debilitating disease than any other treatment currently available.
The research was conducted by a team from The University of Western Australia.
Chronic degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s are attributed to more than 70% of deaths globally and oxidative stress, chronic metabolic acidosis, and free radicals in the body play a key role in the aging process.
In the study, the team examined a range of antioxidants to discover which ones were most effective at protecting the neurons in the body’s nervous system.
They found complex phenolic carotenoids, as well as antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E in high concentrations, were most effective at reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The results showed that antioxidants react with free radicals in the body to render them harmless.
The team says while a nutrient-rich diet helped stabilize the pH levels in the body that caused oxidative stress, the simultaneous supplementation of an antioxidant combination cocktail was most effective at preventing and managing chronic disease.
The combination of antioxidants at sufficiently high, personalized doses and a nutrient-rich, low-carbohydrate diet appears to have the biggest impact on patients suffering from Alzheimer’s.
The team also found a combination of antioxidants rather than a single antioxidant that helped combat oxidative stress.
They say a holistic approach to healthcare that optimized individual dietary needs was needed to delay and prevent these chronic diseases.
One author of the study is Dr. Gerald Veurink.
The study is published in Open Biology.
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