Question: Alzheimer’s

Dear Bob,

What diet do you recommend to prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

I recommend a diet that consists of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts; with at least 50 percent of them in their raw form. I also recommend seafood that is high in omega-3 fats. For more information see some of our other articles on Alzheimer’s such as:

Alzheimers Disease—The Curse of Modern Medicine

Diet May Prevent Alzheimers Disease Study Finds

Supplements May Help Protect Against Alzheimers

Research Seeks to Boost Value of Alzheimer Fighting Polyphenols

What Would We Be Without Memory

Best Wishes,

Natural Compound Appears To Boost Cancer Therapy

Natural compound appears to boost cancer therapy, study says According to a new report, a natural extract which had previously been studied for its cancer-preventing benefits may enhance the value of conventional chemotherapy treatments.

Scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University have discovered that chlorophyllin—a derivative of chlorophyll which is the green pigment found in most plants—is 10 times more effective at killing colon cancer cells than hydroxyurea, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug.

The research group has said chlorophyllin appears to block the same stage of cellular division that hydroxyurea does, but through a different mechanism, which leads them to believe there may be a way to combine the two to enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs and allow for lower and less toxic doses.

Rod Dashwood, professor and director of the Cancer Chemoprotection Program at the Pauling Institute, says there is much research interest in approaches that can reduce ribonucleotide reductase, an enzyme critical to DNA synthesis and cell proliferation.

He adds that "at the doses used in our experiments, chlorophyllin almost completely stops the activity of this enzyme."

The compound is inexpensive to obtain, and scientists believe it is safe to consume even at high doses.

Research Suggests Vitamin C May Also Boost Memory

Research suggests vitamin C may also boost memory While vitamin C is mainly known as an immunity-enhancing antioxidant, a new study from Denmark has found that babies deficient in the vitamin may be at an elevated risk for mental development and memory problems.

Scientists from the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Copenhagen demonstrated that guinea pigs with moderate vitamin C deficiency develop 30 percent fewer hippocampal neurons, a type of brain cells, and have significantly worse spatial memory than those fed a normal diet.

The researchers chose guinea pigs for the study because, just like humans, they depend on getting vitamin C through their diet.

Professor Jens Lykkesfeldt, who led the research group, said that the research suggests children may also be at risk of learning disabilities if they receive insufficient levels of vitamin C in early life.

"This is unbearable when it would be so easy to prevent this deficiency by giving a vitamin supplement to high-risk pregnant women and new mothers," he adds.

Vitamin C is widely available as a nutritional supplement in health stores or via alternative medicine websites.