Antioxidants versus Alzheimer's
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August 3, 2000

Antioxidants Vs. Alzheimer's

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April, 2000

Remembering your supplements may be more important than ever. Research indicates that antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E, and selenium may play a role in preventing or lessening the impact of Alzheimer's disease, a widespread cause of declining intellectual function among the aged.

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Vol 71, 2/00), neuron damage and brain lesions typical among Alzheimer's victims are associated with attacks by free radicals - highly reactive oxygen molecules that destroy cellular structures. In addition, DNA damage, protein oxidation, cell membrane destruction and heavy metal pollution have been linked to the abnormal production of free radicals in individuals suffering from Alzheimer's.

Many antioxidants - scavenger molecules that defuse free radical damage - show promising results in lowering the risk of Alzheimer's, say these researchers. Though the precise cause of AD is unknown, many studies indicate the disease may be at least partially due to antioxidant deficiencies. Possibly helpful antioxidant free radical scavengers include vitamin E and Ginkgo biloba.

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