Research finds Vitamin C, beta-carotene link to Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most feared and devastating diseases that all generations face as they age. Researchers have been unable to pinpoint a cause for Alzheimer’s disease but often attribute it to a combination of genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time. There has been so much speculation as to what causes Alzheimer’s disease, however, it is still not yet fully understood.

Recent research has revealed that lower concentrations of vitamin C and beta-carotene in the blood may heighten the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in person’s aged 65 to 90 years of age. A study by Professor Gabriele Nagel and Neurologist Professor Christine von Arnim found that these two nutrients were lacking in certain patients who took part in the study:

Antioxidants may prevent the onset [of] Alzheimer’s disease as high dietary intake of vitamin C and E were reported to be associated with lower risk of the disease. We found that blood vitamin C and B-carotene concentrations were significantly lower in demented than in control persons even after adjusting for school education, intake of dietary supplements, smoking habits, body mass index, and alcohol consumption.

Only 5% of the time is Alzheimer’s Disease caused by specific genetic changes that guarantee debilitation. You can begin to reduce your risk of developing this disease with a healthy diet and increasing your vitamin C and beta-carotene antioxidant intakes. Adding these supplements to your daily diet might lower your risk of developing the disease later in life.

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