New research has found that a plant based diet could reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the result of amyloid, which builds up in the brain tissue. Alzheimer’s is usually detected once people are over the age of 70, however some symptoms are detected early in life.
The first stages of the disease can be seen with ‘tangles’ in the brain, with 10 per cent of people having these detected in their 20s, and 50 per cent of people having these detected in their 50s, before the more obvious symptoms are detected.
Writing for the Daily Mail, Dr. Michael Greger says: “The good news is that the clinical manifestation of Alzheimer’s disease – as in heart disease, lung disease and stroke – may be preventable, and there is mounting evidence that a healthy diet offers protection.
“In fact, numerous studies have shown Alzheimer’s is more a disease of lifestyle than genetics, and there is an emerging consensus that the same foods that clog our arteries can also clog our brains. The world’s lowest validated rate of Alzheimer’s is in rural northern India, were people traditionally eat a plant based diet of grains and vegetables.”
Dr Greger adds: “In the U.S, those who don’t eat meat (including poultry and fish) appear to cut their risk of developing dementia in half. And the longer meat is avoided, the lower the risk may fall. For example, compared with those who eat meat more than four times a week, the dementia risk of people who have consumed vegetarian diets for 30 years or more is three times lower.”
Evidence mounts up daily with the benefits of a plant based diet, changing the minds of so many people. The influx of vegan films and documentaries as influenced many people, exposing the truth about the meat industry and the health implications associated with meat-heavy diets.