Thursday, March 14, 2013

Remember Your Vitamin D and Fish Oil - Or Forget It All
"A team of academic researchers has pinpointed how vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may enhance the immune system's ability to clear the brain of amyloid plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease."

Another cut from the article:
"Our new study sheds further light on a possible role for nutritional substances such as vitamin D3 and omega-3 in boosting immunity to help fight Alzheimer's," said study author Dr. Milan Fiala, a researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
"For the study, scientists drew blood samples from both Alzheimer's patients and healthy controls, then isolated critical immune cells called macrophages from the blood. Macrophages are responsible for gobbling up amyloid-beta and other waste products in the brain and body."
Every advance in this research is good, but the first step in Alzheimer's defense is to avoid carbing yourself to death.  When your insulin degrading enzyme isn't busy working on insulin, it also gobbles of beta amyloid.  When your proteins aren't gummed up with excess glucose, they don't get wrapped in the amyloid plaques as speedily.  In other words, if you don't make your body into a glucose dumping ground, things work like they should.  

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