Chronic Inflammation and Alzheimer’s

Dharma S Khalsa, MD Health Guide
  • One of the devastating effects of aging is chronic low-level inflammation.  Countless studies over the years have proved that unchecked inflammation contributes to the progression of often deadly diseases including cancer, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.  It’s also linked to arthritis, depression and even wrinkling of the skin. 

    You can compare chronic inflammation to a smoldering fire that leads to premature aging and disease.   So taking steps to extinguish the damaging heat it causes is the healthiest thing you can do.  

    Diet is a good place to start.  Eliminate trans-fats and refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, white rice).  These foods fan the flames of inflammation.  Replace them with omega-3’s, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. 

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    Get a good night’s sleep.  Believe it or not, scientific studies prove that restful sleep is a natural anti-inflammatory that increases health and wellness.

    Take nutritional supplements that naturally reduce inflammation along with providing other life-extending benefits. One of the best is Turmeric. Curcumin-rich turmeric has been shown to inhibit the onset of rheumatoid arthritis and stop the production of inflammatory proteins that lead to joint destruction. It also has anti-cancer properties, improves the cardiovascular system, inhibits cataract formation, speeds up diabetic wound healing, and decreases the incidence of Alzheimer’s. 

    Did you know that people in India have a 25% less cases of Alzheimer’s? That’s an impressive difference. Well, turmeric is believed to be one of the main reasons of such lower incidence. It’s such a powerful anti-oxidant, and is found in curry, the traditional Indian food.

    If you want to add it to your diet, you can find many easy recipes online. Just remember: it should be cooked, so don’t just use on food raw like salt or pepper. Instead, cook it ahead of time, then keep it handy and yes, you can sprinkle it on your food.  Here is an easy recipe to have it handy:

    • In a small pot, put one cup of water and bring to a boil. Add 1-2 tablespoons of turmeric and boil for 5 minutes. You may have to add water if it gets too sticky. Then let cool and place in a small sealed container in the refrigerator. Sprinkle on your food as desired.

    As you incorporate these tips into your life, you can be sure you are reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s and other diseases on a daily basis.

    To Your Health,

    Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

Published On: March 18, 2013