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How can antioxidants fight free radicals to help with Alzheimer's?

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Free radicals tend to build up in nerve cells as we get older. Studies on the brains of people with Alzheimer’s have found signs of oxidative stress, which means that the body has been trying to fight free radical damage. So getting more antioxidants would seem to be a good thing.

But there is no easy answer, at least not yet.

The antioxidant connection is a hot area in Alzheimer’s research, but everyone agrees that more still needs to be done. Researchers aren’t sure if some antioxidants are better than others, and it’s possible that it might be better to get your antioxidants from food instead of from supplements.

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Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

Woztunik-Kulesza, K. , March 2016. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy

Turner, S. , published online Sept. 11, 2015. Neurology

Georgetown University Medical Center.

Soni, M. , 2012. Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation

Miller, J. , 2015. Journal of the American Medical Association, Neurology

Littlejohns, T. , published online Aug. 6, 2014. Neurology

Mayo Clinic: “Ginkgo biloba: Can it prevent memory loss?” “Safety.”

National Institutes of Health, NIH Director’s Blog: “Revisiting Resveratrol’s Health Claims.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

Woztunik-Kulesza, K. , March 2016. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy

Turner, S. , published online Sept. 11, 2015. Neurology

Georgetown University Medical Center.

Soni, M. , 2012. Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation

Miller, J. , 2015. Journal of the American Medical Association, Neurology

Littlejohns, T. , published online Aug. 6, 2014. Neurology

Mayo Clinic: “Ginkgo biloba: Can it prevent memory loss?” “Safety.”

National Institutes of Health, NIH Director’s Blog: “Revisiting Resveratrol’s Health Claims.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

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