Cholesterol and Alzheimer's

Reducing the amount of bad cholesterol, while increasing good cholesterol lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. [Professor Bruce Reed, neurologist at University of California]

The study says, high levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood tends to create harmful tangles of protein in the brain cells. The tangles, known as “beta amyloid plaques” are one of the main physical signs of Alzheimer’s disease and are thought to interfere with the way the brain works.

The findings add to the growing evidence that, poor diet and cholesterol play a role in the development of the disease. The study says, bad cholesterol is typically found in diets heavily ladened with animal products and processed foods.

The best way to offset the affects is to change your diet. The best way to build defenses against Alzheimer’s is to consume foods with “good” sources of cholesterol such as nuts and olive oil.

Good cholesterol seems to protect against heart disease by helping to clear fat deposits from blood vessels.

The only thing more important to anti-aging than exercise is healthy eating habits.

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