Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other degenerative diseases have been associated with oxidative neurological death injury. This mechanism involves a cellular damage due to oxidative stress in the brain, which is caused by harmful compounds called ROS (reactive oxygen species), including highly reactive hydroxyl radicals produced from H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide). ;ROS promote apoptosis (programmed cell death), as well as damage to cellular protein, lipids, mitochondria, and DNA, leading to chronic diseases. Moreover, Alzheimer’s disease has also been associated with the deposition of amyloid-ß (AB) plaques.
Amyloids are groups of proteins that become folded and allow copies of a certain protein to stick together. In the human body, amyloids have been associated to the development of various diseases. Scientific studies have shown that the contributing factor to the development of AD is mainly the accumulation of amyloid beta plaques 40 and 42-mer Aß protein. This accumulation leads to neurological damage, which is attributed to cognitive and memory injury in AD patients When we talk about Alzheimer’s disease, but Dementia also, we need to consider an eventual exposure to toxic metals. This includes aluminum, copper, and mercury. Trace amounts of mercury can cause the type of damage to nerves that is characteristic of Alzheimer’s. This is why I do advise you to remove amalgam fillings in your mouth in case you have them.
What is the role of coffee in a preventive programme? Which is the association between Alzheimer’s and diet?
Epidemiological studies have shown that coffee consumption is linked to the reduction of brain diseases, including AD, so it is crucial as a part of Alzheimer’s diet cure. The chlorogenic acid (CGA) is a natural compound, a polyphenol, abundant in coffee beans, but it can also be found in other foods, such as blueberries, strawberries, pears, eggplant, apples, potatoes. Scientific studies show a potential role of CGAs in mitigating AD due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. According to these studies, CGAs, provide protective effects against toxicity caused by various oxidative stressors including H2O2 and others. In human studies, consumption of CGAs enriched coffee shows changes in biomarkers of oxidative damage and lower DNA migration in lymphocytes.
But which type of coffee has the best antioxidant capacity?
First of all, I want to reassure you that I am not selling or trying to sell any products to you and I am not linked to any brands whatsoever. My work is based on scientific facts and researches, as well as onto my knowledge, so the only purpose of this article is to transfer some knowledge to you and hopefully be able to help you. I am Vesna Brajnik, Certified Nutrition Therapist and Researcher at the Health and Science Academy in London. I am specialized in DNA prevention and Child’s Brain Development through Nutrition. I work with people who seek health in their lives, either for a prevention or when fighting against already developed diseases.
According to the International Journal of Food Science, CGAs content in green coffee beans is higher compared to other food sources. However, this content depends on the source of coffee beans and the degree of roasting and brewing. Brazilian Coffea Arabica green beans coffee has a concentration of 5.5-6.3g CGAs/100g dwb (dry weight basis), while Canephora green beans coffee has 8.6g CGAs/100g dwb. You can intake green coffee as infusions, tablets or capsules. In the alternative, we need to take into consideration the degradation effects of the roasting process. In this case, CGAs are degraded into CGA lactones and other derivatives through pyrolysis, but the extent of this degradation depends on roasting conditions, which is the combination of roasting time and temperature. CGAs loss may reach up to 95% in dark roasted coffee. To give you a useful information extracted from various researches I can summarize by saying that if we take into account medium roasted conditions the best coffee beans are C. Canephora from Brazil, while under darkly roasted conditions the best antioxidant capacity preservations have been shown in C. Canephora from Uganda.
Do we have only coffee beans to protect ourselves?
No. As mentioned before, there are several other nutrients with great antioxidant capacity, which we can also be used in conjunction with coffee beans. The right Alzheimer’s prevention diet should include foods rich in:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B 12
- Folic acid
- Vitamin E
These are surely important nutrients to focus on. However, as I always say to my clients, when we talk about a nutrition programme that aims to work as a preventive programme or to help you out for already developed diseases, an overall check-up is essential, where we need to identify all nutrition deficiencies, despite diseases you think to be most exposed to or already developed pathologies. Otherwise, you will be missing out a crucial aspect, which is the fact that your body needs a complete series of essential nutrients in order to work properly and keep you in good health.This is why you should reach out to a nutritionist specialized in the DNA protection to guide you in the right direction with an individual programme and a correct Alzheimer’s prevention diet. I personally always go through various assessments in my online individual consultations to have a whole picture about my client and to discover all nutrition deficiencies, despite a certain disease.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a good prevention diet book, Protect your DNA with the right food is certainly the one that has a deep explanation about how DNA gets damaged, the causes of it and it contains a Complete 30-Day Programme with recipes. These recipes include all the above mentioned essential foods to protect yourself against degenerative disease and to help you in case you have already developed a certain disease.
I wish you all the best for your health and I hope you found using the information I shared on Alzheimer’s and diet.
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