- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21402242: Nutrition and Alzheimer’s: the detrimental role of a high carb diet
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15123336: Effects of ketones on cognition in memory-impaired adults (very low carb diet showed improvement)
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1282589: Ketogenic diet (very low carb) reduces amyloid proteins in mouse model
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, and other neurodegenerative conditions are on the rise as well. The best way to keep your nervous system cells healthy is through prevention, by shifting your food choices to those containing less insulin-stimulating sugars and carbohydrates. Second is to make sure your diet is sufficient in healthy, natural fats– fish and fish oil, olive oil, avocados, eggs, coconut oil, ghee, butter from pastured cows, etc. Most people don’t need to go to the extremes of very low carb diets like strict Paleo or Atkins or ketogenic diets, but making a deliberate shift in proportions by using the food pyramid guides would be a good first step towards brain and overall wellness. Prevention is the best medicine.