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How can antioxidants help with treating Alzheimer's disease?

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No vitamins or supplements are proven to prevent, stop, or slow down Alzheimer’s. Still, the foods you eat do matter for your brain health, and they’re the best way to get nutrients. Antioxidants are nutrients that protect your body from molecules called “free radicals” that damage cells and can cause cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

There are a lot of different antioxidants, like beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and resveratrol. They are in plant foods, such as berries, greens, tea, and bell peppers.

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.

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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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