Alzheimer's disease - what is it all about?
Yesterday I spoke about "nitric oxide". And there being such conflicting information out there about Alzheimer's disease. Some reports state patients with Alzheimer's have a high level of nitric oxide in the brain and others state not enough. So which is it????
So I decided to dig a little deeper. To date there are only limited medication for AD and no known cure. With that being said . . . Nitric oxide (NO) has long been considered part of the neurotoxic insult caused by neuroinflammation in the Alzheimer's brain.
Okay . . . so the National Institute of Health states: NO is a signaling molecule that helps regulate blood flow, immune and neurological processes. Okay, so we knew that . . . and NO is known to be "low" in the brain of people who have Alzheimer's disease. . . . Okay now I agree with that statement!
It didn't make sense to me that some reports stated NO was too high . . . that's why I thought . . . well, maybe NO is just stuck in the brain due to inflammatory response.
Now . . . we can all agree that "beta amyloid plaque" forming in the brain is a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.
Plaques form when protein pieces called "beta-amyloid" clump together. Beta-amyloid comes from a larger protein found in the fatty membrane surrounding nerve cells. It is chemically "sticky" and gradually builds up into plaques . . . with small clumps blocking cell-to-cell signaling and communication.
So now I was on a mission to find a way to stop this plaques from forming . . .
And guess what? . . . I found that consuming "Omega-3 essential fatty acids" did just that! It reduces "beta-amyloid plaques" and helps to prevent Alzheimer's. Food sources include cold-water fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, seaweed, and sardines.
As we know from previous Health Tips . . . our Western diet mainly consists of Omega-6s. Again . . . confirming why people get Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and dementia . . . lack of Omega-3s and TOO many Omega-6s.
Okay . . . so that explains the plaques problem but how do we fix the low level of "nitric oxide" in the brain to reverse Alzheimer's?
Well . . . I foun