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High-Carb Diet May Increase Your Risk of Dementia

Published on March 13, 2014,

Dr Mercola has an interesting review of the latest studies that suggest a diet avoiding sugar and carbohydrates is a good choice for protecting brain health and reducing the likelihood of the onset of dementia…

High-Carb Diet May Increase Your Risk of DementiaShare By Dr. Mercola If you’re interested in protecting your brain health and preventing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, the research is pouring in in support of a key dietary strategy… namely, avoiding sugar and carbohydrates, including gluten. Last year, I interviewed Dr. David Perlmutter-probably the leading natural medicine neurologist in the US, from my perspective-whose New York Times best-selling book, Grain Brain, has brought this issue to the forefront of medicine. He recently expanded on this topic in an interview in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, where he cites even more research showing a high-carb diet may be detrimental to your brain. Higher Blood Sugar Levels Are Bad for Your Brain According to recent research published in Neurology, chronically higher blood sugar levels have a profoundly negative influence on cognition, which the researchers believe is “possibly mediated by structural changes in learning-relevant brain areas.”

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Dr Oz on Fighting Alzheimer’s With a Low Carb High Fat Diet

Published on October 30, 2013,

Influential US TV doctor Dr Oz has interviewed neurologist and author of the book Grain Brain David Perlmutter about his theories on preventing and even reversing the progress of Alzheimer’s disease by adopting a very low carb, high fat diet…

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In the left normal brain, in the right brain of a person with Alzheimer’s disease.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Oz describes how Dr Perlmutter lays the blame for Alzheimer’s squarely on carbohydrates, and no just white flour and processed foods but also whole grains (something Dr Oz has been a fan of).

Dr Oz also explains how carbohydrate consumption has soared in recent decades, in many ways because of of the demonisation of fat. Dr Perlmutter says, when it comes to the brain, fat is your friend.

Dr Perlmutter says the exciting thing is that brain shrinkage is a dietary choice.

Dr Oz explains it is the impact of blood sugar on the brain that causes the problems and it is carbs – all carbs – that are responsible, and that includes so-called ‘healthy’ whole grains, below ground vegetables and fruits (although these are ok in moderation).

Vegetables that grow above the ground are highly recommended, along with fats including olive oil, butter, coconut oil, avocados, cheese and meats.

Dr Perlmutter says our bodies desperately need these fats and not the carbohydrates we have replaced them with.

He also says the brain, which has elasticity, can repair itself quickly from the damage done through carbohydrate consumption.

See the interview at: Do Carbs Cause Alzheimer’s?

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